"We're All Mad Here…."
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.