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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 Biocultural Context of Dental Modification in Prehistoric Southeast Asia

The Biocultural Context of Dental Modification in Prehistoric Southeast Asia

(p.159) 11 The Biocultural Context of Dental Modification in Prehistoric Southeast Asia
A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth

Jennifer Newton

Kate Domett

University Press of Florida

This chapter synthesizes documented evidence of intentional dental modification in prehistoric mainland Southeast Asia. Through previously published work, potential reasons for the practice of ablation and filing are explored, examining archaeological sites spanning the Neolithic to late Iron Age. Cases of intentional ablation have been documented throughout prehistoric Southeast Asia, however, evidence to date indicates cases have been limited to Neolithic and Iron Age sites with only four tentative cases of intentional ablation in the Bronze Age. The increasing number of samples from newly documented sites in Cambodia, including the first evidence of filing in this region, and previously documented evidence from other parts of Southeast Asia, such as Thailand and Vietnam, allows the opportunity to systematically examine ablation and filing patterns from a regional perspective and put it into worldwide context.

Keywords:   Southeast Asia, Neolithic, Iron Age, dental ablation, dental filing

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