Abstract

Teeth belonging to two adults excavated from the Lapita level occupation of Watom Island (ca. 2,300 years before present [YBP]) are described and compared with three large dental series from New Britain, recent Thailand, and Mokapu, Hawaii. As far as can be determined from a sample of two individuals, the Watom teeth appear to be more like those from New Britain than Thailand or Hawaii. All teeth are free of dental caries, hinting that the Watom diet was not overly dependent on sticky carbohydrate foodstuffs.

Teeth belonging to two adults excavated from the Lapita level occupation of Watom Island (ca. 2,300 years before present [YBP]) are described and compared with three large dental series from New Britain, recent Thailand, and Mokapu, Hawaii. As far as can be determined from a sample of two individuals, the Watom teeth appear to be more like those from New Britain than Thailand or Hawaii. All teeth are free of dental caries, hinting that the Watom diet was not overly dependent on sticky carbohydrate foodstuffs.

 
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Turner, 1989, Rec. Aust. Mus. 41(3): 293–296
Author
C. G. Turner
Year
1989
Title
Dentition of Watom Island, Bismarck Archipelago, Melanesia
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
41
Issue
3
Start Page
293
End Page
296
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.41.1989.146
Language
English
Date Published
30 November 1989
Cover Date
30 November 1989
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ANTHROPOLOGY; ARCHAEOLOGY; NEW GUINEA; OCEAN: PACIFIC
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Available Online
08 December 2008
Reference Number
146
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