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Bioarchaeology of East AsiaMovement, Contact, Health$
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Kate Pechenkina and Marc Oxenham

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044279

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044279.001.0001

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Yangshao Oral Health from West to East

Yangshao Oral Health from West to East

Effects of Increasing Complexity and Contacts with Neighbors

(p.288) 12 Yangshao Oral Health from West to East
Bioarchaeology of East Asia

Kate Pechenkina

Ma Xiaolin

Fan Wenquan

Wei Dong

Zhang Quanchao

University Press of Florida

The frequencies and distribution of carious teeth were found to be similar in three skeletal human skeletal series dating to Middle/Late Yangshao, as would be expected for farmers whose subsistence regime was focused on millet. However, indicators of dental disease that are less affected by the presence of carbohydrates in food, including antemortem tooth loss, development of periodontal disease, calculus accretion, and periapical abscesses, differed considerably across the three collections. These differences most likely resulted from differing tasks performed with the aid of the teeth and perhaps also from differing attitudes toward intentional ablation, differing frequencies of interpersonal violence, differing perspectives on oral hygiene, and probably, differing approaches to food processing and food preparation.

Keywords:   Central Plains, Neolithic, dental wear, oral health, tooth ablation

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