A new system for recording tooth wear on pig teeth and its application to the Neolithic assemblage of Durrington Walls (Wiltshire, UK)

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A new system for recording tooth wear on pig teeth and its application to the Neolithic assemblage of Durrington Walls (Wiltshire, UK)

Subject

S5-2, S6-3, General session, poster

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Abstract:

The recording of tooth wear is vital to the exploration of age in zooarchaeological assemblages; however, most tooth wear systems currently only apply to mandibular teeth, meaning that information from maxillary teeth and jaws is not being used. For pig, the most commonly used system for mandibular teeth is that of Grant (1982). Bull and Payne (1982), however, laid out a different system which applied to both the upper and lower teeth. A modified version of this system was used to record teeth from the Durrington Walls 1966-67 excavations during the 1990s, but was not ever fully published. In 2004 the establishment of the Stonehenge Riverside Project meant that new material was available, and the high number of maxillary teeth being uncovered clarified the need to use this data.

In this poster a modified and expanded version of the recording system used in the 1990s has been described and used to explore the topics of age at death and seasonality at Durrington Walls. The results provide an insight into seasonal killing at the site, as well as aspects of differential deposition of cranial elements which would not have been exposed through conventional studies of mandibular tooth wear. The authors therefore encourage the use of the new system for recording the remainder of the Durrington assemblage and for the recording of other assemblages either to boost mandibular data, or to gain information based on maxillae where mandibles are sparse or badly damaged.

Authors:

WRIGHT Elizabeth¹ and ALBARELLA Umberto²

Affiliations

1 Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, West Street, Sheffield, S1 4ET, lizzie.wright@hotmail.com
2 Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, West Street, Sheffield, S1 4ET, u.albarella@sheffield.ac.uk

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Wright, Elizabeth
Albarella, Umberto

Date

August 2010

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Wright, Elizabeth and Albarella, Umberto. "A new system for recording tooth wear on pig teeth and its application to the Neolithic assemblage of Durrington Walls (Wiltshire, UK) ," in BoneCommons, Item #1656, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1656 (accessed November 22, 2019).

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