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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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Tooth Modification in the Ancient and Modern Worlds

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A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth

George R. Milner

University Press of Florida

This overview of the volume’s chapters focuses on intentional modifications of teeth, specifically alterations of crown shape or removal, as known from historical and ethnographic sources, archaeological studies, and observations of contemporary peoples. Anterior teeth, a highly visible aspect of a person’s appearance, were altered for different reasons by past and present peoples. While purposeful modifications of the dentition are of principal interest, they must be distinguished from features that can mimic them, including use wear, pathological features, and decay or trauma-related tooth loss.

Keywords:   tooth modification, dentition, trauma-related tooth loss

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