by Amitabh Avasthi for National Geographic News
April 5, 2006
The only thing that is not advanced in this story is the thinking of the researchers. Despite noting that the drilled teeth had cavities, some of which had been delicately reshaped they still wringing their hands over the purpose of the procedures.
Despite that admitted high technology of the drilling, they keep it all in the primitive range by suggesting that the patients would have been under intense pain. It never occurs to them, of course that these “stone-aged men” might have had a method for eliminating the pain as well…..s8int.com
Human teeth excavated from an archaeological site in Pakistan show that dentistry was thriving as recently as 9,000 years ago.
Researchers excavating a Stone Age graveyard found a total of 11 teeth that had been drilled, including one that had apparently undergone a complex procedure to hollow out a cavity deep inside the tooth.
The discovery suggests a high level of technological sophistication, though the procedure, which involved drills tipped with shards of flint, could hardly have been a painless affair.
“The finding provides clear and compelling evidence that earlier people had knowledge of manipulation of dental hard tissues in living people,”