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Classic Maya Dental Interventions: Evidence for Tooth Extractions at Piedras Negras, Guatemala

@inproceedings{Schnella2021ClassicMD,
  title={Classic Maya Dental Interventions: Evidence for Tooth Extractions at Piedras Negras, Guatemala},
  author={Joshua T. Schnella and Andrew K. Scherera},
  year={2021}
}
Tooth extractions are among the most common dental procedures performed globally today; however, archaeological evidence for such procedures in the past is relatively scant and largely limited to the Classical world. We present a case of therapeutic dental extractions of pathological teeth at the ancient Maya site of Piedras Negras, Guatemala, during the Late Classic period (A.D. 600–800). The evidence comes from an assemblage of fractured, pathological teeth (n = 127) recovered from the… 
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