Boyadjian, C. H C., Eggers, S. and Reinhard, K. J. (2007). Dental wash:. J Archaeol Sci 34 (10). Vol 34(10), pp. 1622-1628.

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Dental wash:
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a problematic method for extracting microfossils from teeth
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J Archaeol Sci 34 (10)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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34 (10)
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1622 - 1628
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A variety of microfossils, originating from plant foods, become trapped in the dental calculus matrix. Processing of dental calculus allows extraction of these microfossils. The resulting data can be used to reconstruct diet at the individual and population levels as the identification of microfossils like starch grains and phytoliths to the generic level, and sometimes to the species level, is possible. However, in some archaeological sites, dental calculus deposits do not preserve well enough to be processed. To prevent the loss of information in such cases, the authors present a technique, called `dental wash'. It permits extracting microfossils from cryptic dental calculus deposits. In the two experimental archaeological cases presented herein the authors identified phytoliths, starch grains as well as a diatom fragment with this method, whereas in a control sample no microfossils were found. Moderate damage to the teeth was detected when they were already friable due to poor preservation. Minor damage to the surface of well-preserved teeth was observed. This indicates that the proposed method is efficient in recovering microfossils, but unacceptable because of damage to teeth. It is suggested that if the method could be refined, it would expand the potential of dental calculus analysis to a greater range of archaeological sites.
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Célia H C Boyadjian
Sabine Eggers
Karl J Reinhard
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2007
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Phytoliths Starch Grains (Auto Detected Subject))
Microfossils (Auto Detected Subject))
Teeth (Auto Detected Subject))
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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19 Sep 2007