Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Herrmann, Nicholas P.

Committee Member

Hoffman, David M.

Committee Member

Hardin, James W.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Applied Anthropology

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures


This research utilizes two analytical methods to examine the dental microwear of two skeletal samples from East Lokris, Greece. The samples are from the Bronze age/Early Iron age sites of Mitrou and Tragana Agia Triada. The samples were tested according to various temporal and geographic designations in an attempt to determine if any differences in dietary constituent could be discerned from their dental microwear signatures. Both traditional dental microwear analysis using a scanning electron microscope and dental microwear texture analysis employing scale sensitive fractal analysis and a Sensofar Plµ Confocal Profiler were used. The results of analysis for both methods differ in regards to their level of statistical significance but both suggest a general trend of coarsening of masticated materials during the Bronze/Iron age transition. Current evidence suggests that the changes in the dietary texture are due to changes in pottery production and are likely not due to dietary changes.