Archaeologists unearthed evidence of ancient dental activity
People have suffered from caries since ancient times, suffered from toothache. But fortunately for them, in ancient times - the Ice Age - not only harmful bacteria were taken from somewhere, but also dentists. Archaeologists found traces of the latter's activities in two places at once during excavations in Italy. Namely, they found sealed human teeth. Some are 13 thousand years old, others 14.
According to study leader Stephano Benazzi of the University of Bologna, the fillings were made of bitumen.
Sealed upper incisors. Scientists are sure that the fillings were placed during the lifetime of the owner of the teeth.
The scientist finds it difficult to answer exactly what tools were used in the dental centers of the Stone Age, but there they drilled out teeth right up to the pulp chamber, widened the hole, filled it with wax mixed with medicinal herbs, and only then filled it with bitumen.
Modern dentists believe that the manipulations of their colleagues were antiseptic and analgesic. The tools were miniature so that they could handle teeth of a very modest size. For example, incisors.
Archaeologists presented the full results of their research in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology in the article The dawn of dentistry in the late upper Paleolithic: An earlycase of pathological intervention at Riparo Fredian.
Sealed ancient molars
Whether our ancestors reached the dental wisdom with their minds or whether someone taught us, one can only guess. Some hotheads sin even on immigrants or refugees from Atlantis, which had not yet drowned then. They say that it was they who had advanced knowledge, including in medicine, but most likely used improvised means.
By the way, the hypothesis about the interference of representatives of a more developed civilization in the life of the Upper Paleolithic communities does not look so crazy. Filled teeth are not yet the clearest evidence of this. Archaeologists have found skulls with traces of expert trepanning operations. This implies that the "surgeons" who worked at that distant time had a good idea of what needed to be done, how and for what.
Stone Age Skull
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