Dental Analysis and Determination of Occupational Activities in a Peruvian Formative Population

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Gretchen A. Nelson


Dental analysis of the individuals excavated from the Roca Verde Site in southern Peru demonstrated a relationship between dental pathology and sex-related occupational activities in a Formative Period population. Instances of dental attrition, abrasion, and premortem and postmortem fractures were the majority of the dental pathology. The pathological conditions were categorized according to sex. Macroscopic and microscopic investigations of the dentition provided evidence for a sex-related occupational dichotomy.