An Italian-Aussie team of archaeologists has unearthed new evidence of ancient dentistry in the form of a 6,500-year-old human jaw bone with a tooth showing traces of beeswax filling.
The study, reported in the journal PloS-ONE, suggests that beeswax was applied around the time of the individual’s death, but cannot confirm whether it was shortly before or after.
If it was before death, researchers say that it was likely intended to reduce pain and sensitivity from a vertical crack in the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth.
September 24, 2012
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