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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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Social Complexity and Intraregional and Interregional Variation in Dental Modification

Social Complexity and Intraregional and Interregional Variation in Dental Modification

A Test Case from the Lower Río Verde Valley, Oaxaca

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(p.285) 18 Social Complexity and Intraregional and Interregional Variation in Dental Modification
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A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth
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Arion T. Mayes

Sarah B. Barber

Arthur A. Joyce

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054834.003.0018

This chapter considers the ways intentional dental modification intersects with other aspects of social organization between the Terminal Formative (150 BC–AD 100) and Late Classic (AD 500–800) periods. The practice is examined for diachronic change, relationship with social status, regional variation, and regional comparisons to Romero’s (1958, 1970) typology system. It is asserted that downplaying the presence of dental modification in favor of grave offerings when assessing status may result in a failure to acknowledge the significant resource deployment the practice required and its potential as a physical embodiment of inscribed status in Mesoamerica. Modification within the Lower Río Verde Valley mirrors types identified throughout Oaxaca and greater Mexico, with evidence of greater social complexity and long-distance interaction over time.

Keywords:   dental modification, Mexico, Mesoamerica, status, typology, social complexity, physical embodiment

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