This is really interesting!
I looked at this for my undergrad. dissertation with an Irish skeletal collection and drew similar conclusions.
It would be interesting to go back over my data again and see what I noted about the differences between males and females.
That is interesting. How big was your sample size? mine was very small, If I was to redo this research I would like to have a larger sample size and look at a few different collections.
I would also really like to do a study with living individuals so I can see how they grow and exactly when these defects occur, whether they have a rush of growth ect.
I used data my supervisor had collected from a cemetery containing at least 869 adult individuals (although only 352 could be fully analysed). Out of those 64 were identified as having LEH.
I did a range of T-tests and Chi-Squared tests and I looked at LEH/Cribra Orbitalia/Porotic Hyperostosis/stature/biological sex/age at death in various combinations.
None of the combinations with LEH produced a statistically significant result (although interestingly, one with Cribra Orbitalia did).
I remember comparing my results to a range of studies that had been done and I think a couple of those studies found similar results in regards to males, like you did. A lot of them found a strong link between LEH and age at death although that could be linked to genetic predisposition and sensitivity to the environment.
Looking at living individuals would be very interesting - I think I remember reading an article that suggested the distance of the LEH from the Cementoenamel Junction would be related to timing and could be useful for comparing populations - so it would be great to have that theory confirmed!
Interesting work. Have you considered expanding this study to include correlation with Harris lines?
Dr Steve Walden
Yes i did, i discussed it with one of my University tutors and was told that it had been covered a few times and the results showed that there is no correlation between LEH and Harris Lines. Which i was shocking, i really though there would be.
Thank you for taking an intrest in my research.