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A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth

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Editor: Scott E. Burnett
Editor: Joel D. Irish
Publication Date: 10/31/2017
Language: English
Book webpage: http://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813054834
Abstract: “Brings together studies from diverse time periods and geographic regions to deliver a comprehensive biocultural treatment of dental modification. The volume amply documents the diversity of ways humans modify their teeth and the variety of reasons they may do so.”—Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, author of What Teeth Reveal about Human Evolution   
 
Tooth modification is the longest-lasting type of body modification and the most widespread in the archaeological record. It has been practiced throughout many time periods and on every occupied continent and conveys information about individual people, their societies, and their relationships to others. This necessary volume presents the wide spectrum of intentional dental modification in humans across the globe over the past 16,000 years.   
 
These essays draw on research from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe. Through archaeological studies, historical and ethnographic sources, and observations of contemporary people, contributors examine instances of tooth filing, notching, inlays, dyeing, and removal. They discuss how to distinguish between these purposeful modifications of teeth and normal wear and tear or disease while demonstrating what patterns of tooth modification can reveal about people and their cultures in the past and present.   
Subject Keywords: intentional dental modification, Africa, Europa, America, Austrailia, Oceania, Asia, ablation, tooth filing, inlays, dyeing, Later Stone Age, Ibermaursian, Capsian, trauma, Bantu, methods,
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Place: Gainesville, FL
Publisher's URL: http://upress.ufl.edu
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0-8130-5483-4