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A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth

Scott E. Burnett and Joel D. Irish


The subject of this volume is intentional dental modification—changing the human appearance by removing teeth, or otherwise altering their shape, surface, or color. It has been practiced, in one form or another, on every occupied continent at some point over the past 16,000 years. The contributions in this volume encompass a diverse body of work on the subject over this timespan, from Africa, Europe, the Americas, Australia, Oceania, and Asia. As a highly visible practice, dental modification may be used to send complex messages concerning a variety of topics, including status, personal identi ... More

Keywords: intentional dental modification, teeth, personal identity, status, group membership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813054834
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott E. Burnett, editor
Eckerd College

Joel D. Irish, editor
Liverpool John Moores University

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I Africa: The First and the Present

II Europe and Northeast Asia: Out and About

8 Tooth Ablation in Early Neolithic Skeletons from Taiwan

Michael Pietrusewsky, Adam Lauer, Cheng-Hwa Tsang, Kuang-Ti Li, and Michele Toomay Douglas

9 Biocultural Perspectives on Jomon Dental Ablation

Amanda R. Harvey, G. Richard Scott, Evan Pellegrini, and Christy G. Turner II

III Southeast Asia, Australia, and Oceania: Different Lands and Possibilities

13 Intentional Dental Modification and Oral-Dental Health in Western Micronesia

Rona Ikehara-Quebral, E. Melanie Ryan, Nicolette Parr, Cherie Walth, Jolie Liston, Michael Pietrusewsky, and Michele Toomay Douglas

IV The Americas: A New World of Modification

15 Modified Teeth, Cultural Diversity, and Community Building at Cahokia (AD 900–1400)

Kristin M. Hedman, Julie A. Bukowski, Dawn E. Cobb, and Andrew R. Thompson

16 Intentional or Not?

Scott E. Burnett

17 Permanent Dental Modifications among the Ancient Maya

Vera Tiesler, Andrea Cucina, and Marco Ramírez-Salomón

V Conclusion

20 Out of Regard to Custom

George R. Milner