Luna, L. H. (2006). Evaluation of uniradicular teeth for age-at-death estimations in a sample from a Pampean hunter-gatherer cemetery (Argentina). J Archaeol Sci 33 (12). Vol 33(12), pp. 1706-1717.

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Evaluation of uniradicular teeth for age-at-death estimations in a sample from a Pampean hunter-gatherer cemetery (Argentina)
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J Archaeol Sci 33 (12)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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33 (12)
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1706 - 1717
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Age-at-death estimation is an important aspect of bioarchaeological and forensic investigations. A set of analyses carried out with an osteological sample from a site in Argentina aims to test the applicability of multiple methods to obtain reliable information about its demographic composition and structure. In the paper the results of the evaluation of the structure of uniradicular teeth are presented and discussed. It has been previously stated that chronological age is highly correlated with pulp dimensions in these teeth, because dentine deposition continues throughout life. Strong correlation has also been identified with periodontal retraction and apical translucency. The analysis of the structure of these teeth offers information useful in obtaining age-at-death estimations of the individuals they belonged to. Dental age-at-death estimations of the control sample were obtained evaluating some skeletal markers (pubic symphysis and auricular surface of coxae), and then compared with the dental analysis. The formulae whose results showed strong correlations with the skeletal estimations were applied to another sample, composed of teeth that were not associated with any skeletal marker of age. The evaluation of premolars and lower central incisors offers estimations that are consistent with those obtained from the evaluation of the pelvic bones, so that the application of these formulae can be considered an alternative method to obtain estimations in archaeological samples from similar contexts.
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Leandro H Luna
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2006
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Cemetery (Auto Detected Subject))
Skeletal Markers Pubic Symphysis (Auto Detected Subject))
Pelvic Bones (Auto Detected Subject))
Teeth (Auto Detected Subject))
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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22 Jan 2007