HH: Dentistry

Welcome to Hidden Histories. In this series, we take a closer look at the world around us and explore the hidden depths of our shared history.

Today we examine the archaeology of Dentistry. Say “Aaaaaaah”!


Note: Credit for the filed Viking teeth must go to Oxford Archaeology. They released the image in a Press Release announcing the Dorset mass grave pit in 2009.






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