Brief Communication: Intertooth and Intrafacet Dental Microwear Variation in an Archaeological Sample of Modern Humans From the Jordan Valley

Mahoney, Patrick (2006) Brief Communication: Intertooth and Intrafacet Dental Microwear Variation in an Archaeological Sample of Modern Humans From the Jordan Valley. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 129 (1). pp. 39-44. ISSN 0002-9483. (doi:10.1002/ajpa.20212)

Abstract

Dental microwear was recorded in a Bronze-Iron Age (3570–3000 BP) sample of modern humans recovered from Tell es-Sa'idiyeh in the Jordan Valley. Microwear patterns were compared between mandibular molars, and between the upper and lower part of facet 9. The comparison revealed a greater frequency of pits and shorter scratches on the second and third molars, compared to the first. Pit frequency also increased on the lower part of the facet on the first molar, compared to the upper part. These results support previous calls for standardization when selecting a molar type for a diet-microwear study. Otherwise the microwear variations along the tooth row could mask any diet-microwear correlations. The results also suggest that there may be a need to choose a consistent location on a facet in order to enhance comparability among studies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ajpa.20212
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Patrick Mahoney
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2015 17:01 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53219 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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