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April 11, 2017

Say "Ahhh..... just kill me now."

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13,000-Year-Old Fillings Were 'Drilled' With Stone and Packed With Tar The new study focuses on two of the incisors,
which contain marks that suggest a pointed instrument, likely a stone, was used to enlarge cavities in the teeth and scrape out decayed tissue. The Neolithic dentist then seemed to stick dark bits of bitumen—a type of naturally occurring tar that Ice Age people used to waterproof baskets and pots—to the walls of the cavity. The researchers also found bits of hair and plant fibers stuck in the bitumen, though they are not sure what purpose they served.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 11, 2017 12:48 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Sounds to me like things haven't changed all that much. I've never enjoyed a visit to a dentist.....bastards always end up causing me pain.

Posted by: Jack at April 12, 2017 7:07 AM

Oh no, Jack. Modern dentistry is one of the reasons it is GOOD to live now.

Posted by: pbird at April 12, 2017 7:38 AM

The drill bit might have been obsidian.

Posted by: Speller [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 13, 2017 12:56 PM

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