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It’s the Tooth: Dental Remains & Archaeology

Dental anthropology is a vital part of bioarchaeology, which is the study of human remains in archaeological contexts. Dental enamel the hard, white outer covering of the tooth is the hardest material in the human body, and teeth are often preserved even when bones are not. Not only are they durable, but they are also a treasure trove of information. Using teeth, we can reconstruct age-at-death, diet, health, and ancestry. This information greatly increases our knowledge of people and society in ancient times.

read more It’s the Tooth: Dental Remains & Archaeology | The ASOR Blog.

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This entry was posted on September 15, 2014 by in Archaeology.

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