Associate Professor of Anthropology Mindy Pitre published a paper in the International Journal of Paleopathology describing the human skeletal remains of a young child from 19th century Heuvelton, New York who suffered from vitamin D deficiency rickets. This is one of the only archeological cases of vitamin D deficiency rickets discovered in the Americas.
Pitre is a bioarchaeologist who studies human skeletal remains from archaeological sites to explore the complex relationship between biology and culture in the past. She has excavated and studied human skeletons in Canada, the United Kingdom, Egypt, the Sudan, and Syria. Her current research involves examining the intersection of poverty and health at the St. Lawrence County Poorhouse, Canton N.Y. through an interdisciplinary approach involving historical and archaeological research.