The BioMERA consortium is currently working on various papers, of which references and updates will be posted here.  Keep following!

Published papers:

1) Lorentz, K.O. (2020). External auditory exostoses and early Neolithic aquatic resource procurement in Cyprus: results from Cypro-PPNB Kissonerga-Mylouthkia in regional context. Accepted by International Journal of Paleopathology. 




2) Lorentz, K.O., de Nolf, W., Cotte, M., Ioannou, G., Zaruri, M.R., Foruzanfar, F., Sajjadi, S.M.S. (2020). Synchrotron radiation micro X-Ray Fluorescence (SR-µXRF) for mapping metal element localisation in ancient hair: Metals and health at a 3rd millennium BCE large urban trading and crafts center in South-West Asia. Accepted by Journal of Archaeological Science


3) Lorentz, K.O., Lemmers, S.A.M., Chrysostomou, C., Dirks, W., Zaruri, R.M., Foruzanfar, F., Sajjadi, S.M.S. (2021). First permanent molars with accentuated line patterns: Assessment of childhood health in an urban complex of the third millennium BCE.  Accepted by Archives of Oral Biology.


Images by Simone Lemmers (Lorentz et al., 2020)














Lower jaw from an individual that lived in the 3rd millennium BCE urban complex of Shahr-i Sokhta, located along the so-called Silk Route (Iran). Within the context of BioMERA, Lorentz et al are doing research on the imaging and analysis of dental microstructure, using conventional lab based histology approaches, which will continue in using Synchrotron Radiation approaches and Micro-CT. Images by S.A.M. Lemmers 


4) Lorentz, K.O., Casa, B. (2021). External auditory exostoses, repetitive aquatic activity and increasing social complexity in Chalcolithic Cyprus: Specialists of the sea?. Accepted by International Journal of Paleopathology.