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By: Simon Hillson

388 pages, 112 line drawings, 16 tables, 18 halftones

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2005 | Edition: 2 | #155315 | ISBN: 0521545498
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Hardback | Jul 2005 | Edition: 2 | #155317 | ISBN: 0521837014
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Archaeological discoveries of teeth provide remarkable information on humans, animals and the health, hygiene and diet of ancient communities. In this fully revised and updated edition of his seminal text, Simon Hillson draws together a mass of material from archaeology, anthropology and related disciplines to provide a comprehensive manual on the study of teeth. The range of mammals examined has been extended to include descriptions and line drawings for 325 mammal genera from Europe, North Africa, western, central and northeastern Asia, and North America. The book also introduces dental anatomy and the microscopic structure of dental tissues, explores how the age or season of death is estimated and looks at variations in tooth size and shape. With its detailed descriptions of the techniques and equipment used and its provision of tables and charts, this book is essential reading for students of archaeology, zoology and dental science.

'This book so uniquely encompasses a broad array of updated practical sources of information on comparative morphology and methodologies, it is not wonder it is so widely cited. If you work with teeth and do not have this book, you are suffering a needless handicap.'


Introduction; 1. Tooth form in mammals; 2. Dental tissues; 3. Teeth and age; 4. Size and shape; 5. Dental disease; Appendix A. The Grant dental attrition age estimation method.

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Simon Hillson is Professor of Bioarchaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. His previous publications include Teeth (0521304059, 0521545498, 1990), Mammals Bones and Teeth (Institute of Archaeology, 1992), and Dental Anthropology (0521451949, 0521564395, 1996).

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