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A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth$
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Scott E. Burnett and Joel D. Irish

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054834

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054834.001.0001

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The Chronology and Significance of Ablation in the Later Stone Age Maghreb

The Chronology and Significance of Ablation in the Later Stone Age Maghreb

(p.19) 2 The Chronology and Significance of Ablation in the Later Stone Age Maghreb
A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth

Isabelle De Groote

Louise T. Humphrey

University Press of Florida

This chapter described the earliest evidence of the systematic practice of ablation. Purposeful removal of the upper central incisors became a widespread practice with the Iberomaurusian of the Later Stone Age in the Maghreb region—the area of current-day northern Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. During the Capsian times, ablation became less prevalent, but in some cases all incisors and canines were removed. During the Neolithic period the practice became even less frequent and in some areas disappeared completely. Nevertheless, in some regions of North Africa ablation remained common and may have been a way of identifying certain tribes or individuals within society. This chapter also considers possible causes for the origin of the practice.

Keywords:   North Africa, ablation, Later Stone Age, Iberomaurusian, Capsian

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