Palaeontology: Early Neolithic tradition of dentistry

  title={Palaeontology: Early Neolithic tradition of dentistry},
  author={Alfredo Coppa and Luca Bondioli and Andrea Cucina and David W. Frayer and Catherine Jarrige and J. F. Jarrige and Gonzague Quivron and Massimiliano Rossi and Massimo Vidale and Roberto Macchiarelli},
Prehistoric evidence for the drilling of human teeth in vivo has so far been limited to isolated cases from less than six millennia ago. Here we describe eleven drilled molar crowns from nine adults discovered in a Neolithic graveyard in Pakistan that dates from 7,500–9,000 years ago. These findings provide evidence for a long tradition of a type of proto-dentistry in an early farming culture. 
Cosmetic dentistry in ancient times - a short review
Examples of intentional dental mutilation, dental decoration and modifications on anterior teeth have been widespread occurrences in many cultures, as well as Phoenician and Etruscan dental art from Southeast Asia, Africa, pre-Columbian America and Europe are described.
Prehistoric dental modification in West Africa – early evidence from Karkarichinkat Nord, Mali
This paper reports the earliest securely dated evidence for intentional dental modification in West Africa. Human remains representing 11 individuals were recovered from the sites of Karkarichikat
An Original Case of Tin Dental Fillings from 18th Century Northern France
An 18th century dental treatment in a barely 50-year-old male whose body was excavated from Saint Amé’s Collegiate Church, Douai, France is examined, finding that this individual had 6 dental restorations, exceptional for that period.
First evidence of pre-Hispanic dentistry in South America - Insights from Cusco, Peru.
History of dentistry
This article is a largely inspired among others by the accomplishment of Dr Vincenzo Guerini and the NDA, USA.
Replication of Ancient Egyptian Oral Surgical Procedures Using Stone and Bronze Hand Drills.
An abbreviated assessment of oral surgery in ancient Egypt regarding these procedures is presented, with an attempt to reproduce these procedures on fresh pig and embalmed cadaver jaws as proxies for vital human bone, using hand drills fabricated of bronze and chet.
“I have to Resemble My Ancestors through Modification of Midline Diastema”: An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Dental Modification among Karrayyu Oromo, Central Ethiopia
Since the early twentieth century, the archaeology of dental modification has received significant attention, as modified teeth are especially important for interpreting past human culture in the
Ceramics in restorative dentistry
This chapter addresses the new dental ceramics applied in restorative dentistry and highlights fracture initiation and propagation in all-ceramic restorations and summarizes the current status and challenges in applications of dental CAD/CAM systems for ceramic restoration.
X-Ray Computed Microtomography for Paleoanthropology, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage
  • F. Bernardini, C. Tuniz, F. Zanini
  • Materials Science
    Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials for Diagnostic, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage
  • 2019


Brief communication: prehistoric dentistry in the American southwest: a drilled canine from Sky Aerie, Colorado.
A prehistoric Native American mandible from a Fremont site (circa AD 1025) in Colorado has a conical pit in the worn occlusal surface of the lower right canine, one of a very few examples of prehistoric dentistry in the world, and the first from the American Southwest.
Tigaran (Point Hope, Alaska) tooth drilling
The buccal (labial) side of the root of this tooth, just below the crown, bears a shallow, relatively flat-bottomed depression, with a small perforation into, as well as a second hole that fully penetrates, the root canal, which appears to have been produced by an implement.
Contemporary stone beadmaking in Khambhat, India: Patterns of craft specialization and organization of production as reflected in the archaeological record
Abstract Archaeologists studying early urban societies have long used the concept of craft specialization as an important indicator of social stratification, centralized control of production and
Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology II
Some format issues inherent in the e-media version may also appear in this print version.