Brief communication: Prehistoric dentistry in the American Southwest: A drilled canine from Sky Aerie, Colorado
Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
Copyright © 1997 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 103, Issue 3, pages 409–414, July 1997
How to Cite
White, T. D., Degusta, D., Richards, G. D. and Baker, S. G. (1997), Brief communication: Prehistoric dentistry in the American Southwest: A drilled canine from Sky Aerie, Colorado. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 103: 409–414. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-8644(199707)103:3<409::AID-AJPA10>3.0.CO;2-4
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 MAR 1997
- Manuscript Revised: 10 MAR 1997
- Manuscript Received: 13 NOV 1996
- dental modification;
- Fremont culture;
- Native American
A prehistoric Native American mandible from a Fremont site (circa AD 1025) in Colorado has a conical pit in the worn occlusal surface of the lower right canine. Natural causes for this modification are ruled out by the presence of internal striae, a finding confirmed by experimental replication. The canine was artificially drilled before the individual's death and is associated with a periapical abscess. This is one of a very few examples of prehistoric dentistry in the world, and the first from the American Southwest. Am J Phys Anthropol 103:409–414, 1997. © 1997 Wiley-Liss, Inc.