Category Archives: Human Teeth

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One of the little known benefits of studying ancient human teeth is that during my weeks or months of analyzing skeletal remains, I suddenly become EXTREMELY CONCERNED about my own dental health. Brushing twice daily, flossing, gargling with mouth wash, you name it … Continue reading

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Dental data collection spreadsheets

I’ve just started analyzing some of my dissertation data, an arduous process that entails correcting spreadsheet errors, deleting extraneous columns, and reconfiguring the results of pivot tables. Which is not to say my data were poorly organized – overall I’m … Continue reading

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Strategies for organizing and photographing articulated human teeth

I recently posted a primer outlining the strategies I find particularly useful for handling high volumes of loose human teeth during bioarchaeological analyses. However, the mortuary assemblage I worked with for my dissertation actually contained a mixture of loose teeth and … Continue reading

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Bone Quiz 15.2

  To make sure your minds are sharp and your osteological skills are honed for the week ahead, I’m generously starting you off with a bone quiz. However, since it’s only Monday, I’ll be gentle and start you off easy (I’m … Continue reading

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Strategies for organizing and photographing loose human teeth

Before leaving for the field in May I arranged to meet with top-notch classical bioarchaeologist Sherry Fox. One of my advisors had put me in touch with her via email, insisting that I reach out to her as her research interests … Continue reading

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Identifying Human Teeth: The Premolars

Folklore holds that one way to stop a vampire in its tracks is to spill a sack of grain across its path. Purportedly, the creature’s visceral obsession with counting will take hold, forcing it to crouch down and compulsively count every single grain before continuing on its way. That … Continue reading

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Osteology Everywhere: Pebble Edition

Yesterday afternoon I was staggering home from a nine-hour stint alone in the museum basement, when I was so struck by something I saw on the sidewalk that I went back to take another look. Now, to fill you in on my frame … Continue reading

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