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The nun with blue teeth: a medieval mystery

Episode 5 of The Medieval Podcast – Researchers examining the remains of a medieval nun in Germany have discovered the mineral Lapus Lazuli in her teeth. Danièle talks with two of the team members behind this fascinating find, Christina Warinner and Alison Beach, about how her blue teeth tells us she was an artist.

Christina Warinner is a Professor and Group Leader of Microbiome Sciences at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Click here to visit her website or follow her on Twitter @twarinner or @WarinnerGroup


Alison Beach is an Associate Professor in Medieval History at The Ohio State University. Click here to view her website or follow her on Twitter @AlisonIBeach

Another key member of the research team, and lead author of their article was Anita Radini, the Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Medical Humanities at the University of York. Click here to view her faculty page or follow her on Twitter @AnitaRadini

The article Medieval women’s early involvement in manuscript production suggested by lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus, is published in Science Advances.  You can also read more about the discovery here on


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The host of The Medieval Podcast is Danièle Cybulskie. Click here to visit her website or follow her on Twitter @5MinMedievalist



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