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Protocol for Recording Enamel Hypoplasia in Modern and Archaeological Caprine Populations

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  • Bethan Upex,

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    1. Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
    • Correspondence to: Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, Elphinstone Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3UF, UK.

      e-mail: b.r.upex@abdn.ac.uk

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  • Marie Balasse,

    1. CNRS UMR 5197, Archéozoologie, Archéobotanique: Sociétés, Pratiques et Environnements, Département Écologie et Gestion de la Biodiversité, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris cedex 05
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  • Anne Tresset,

    1. CNRS UMR 5197, Archéozoologie, Archéobotanique: Sociétés, Pratiques et Environnements, Département Écologie et Gestion de la Biodiversité, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris cedex 05
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  • Benjamin Arbuckle,

    1. Department of Anthropology, Forensic Science, & Archaeology, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA
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  • Keith Dobney

    1. Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
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ABSTRACT

This paper outlines the first methodology for recording dental enamel hypoplasia in the high-crowned dentition of modern and archaeological caprine teeth. The method has been developed and trialed on five caprine populations from Orkney (UK); two modern populations (Shetland and North Ronaldsay breeds) and three Neolithic assemblages from the archaeological sites of Knap of Howar, Skara Brae and Holm of Papa Westray. Problems associated with differential tooth wear, as well as the presence of coronal cementum, are discussed, and recommendations are given on the identification and recording of hypoplastic dental defects in caprines. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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