The biocultural context of dental modification in prehistoric Southeast Asia

Newton, Jennifer, and Domett, Kate (2017) The biocultural context of dental modification in prehistoric Southeast Asia. In: Burnett, Scott E., and Irish, Joel D., (eds.) A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth. Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives . University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, pp. 159-181.

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[Extract] Many cases of intentional dental modification have been documented throughout prehistoric mainland Southeast Asia (see Tayles 1996; Domett and Oxenham 2010; Domett et al. 2013). This area spans what is now Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos. The evidence to date is predomminantly confined to Neolithic and Iron Age communities; only a few potential cases of dental modification in the Bronze Age exist for this region. The majority of communities identified with dental modification show evidence only for anterior tooth ablation, typically in symmetrical patterns. More recent evidence indicates that dental filing also occurred in parts of prehistoric Cambodia (Ikehara-Quebral 2010; Domett et al. 2013; Matsushita and Matsushita 2013). This evidence adds to the widespread identification of intentional dental modification around prehistoric mainland Southeast Asia and provides an opportunity to understand the biological impact and biocultural significance of this practice in the region more fully.

Item ID: 51286
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISSN: 978-0-8130-5483-4
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This body of work was also presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists held 8-12 April 2014, Calgary, Canada. An abstract of the presentation was published as Newton, Jennifer, and Domett, Kate (2014) The biocultural context of dental modification in prehistoric Southeast Asia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153 (S58). p. 195. and can be accessed through ResearchOnline@JCU through the related URL.

Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2017 05:21
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160102 Biological (Physical) Anthropology @ 60%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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