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PALEOPATHOLOGY OF MYCENAEAN TEETH FROM TWO ROBBED TOMBS OF KASTROULI LATE HELLADIC SETTLEMENT, GREECE

By July 30, 2022New, Vol. 8.3

by Chovalopoulou, M., Lilakos I., Sideris, A., Levy, T.E. and Liritzis, I.

ABSTRACT

A set of teeth unearthed from two robbed tombs of Mycenean and archaic times; more than a dozen from Tomb A and a lower mandible from Tomb B, have been examined. Visual inspection, X-ray examination, infrared spectroscopy, and examination in monochrome light were carried out on the tooth samples. Most of the teeth unearthed from Tomb A showed low abrasion, with no particular pathological findings. However, some teeth with caries cavities and severe abrasions, resulting in the exposure of the underlying dentin, were also detected. Regarding the left side of a mandible located in Tomb B, the examination results showed that the bone was fractured and that he had gum disease. Therefore, we can speculate that this is a relatively healthy population in terms of oral hygiene, as no severe pathological findings were found.

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