Out of all the Archaeology in the News Blogs that I have done this semester, my favorite one is a story that I found in the New York Times called “Old Teeth Tell New Stories About People Who Didn’t Get Enough Sun” by Joanna Klein.
The original reason that I picked this story is because my mother is a dentist, and I learned a lot about teeth and hygiene growing up. My mother would tell me how certain substances such as tobacco can affect people’s teeth. I did not, however, know that vitamin D deficiency can also leave a permanent record on a person’s teeth.
I found it very interesting how we can determine some of the diseases that those particular individuals faced while they were alive just by looking at their teeth. I feel that this is very important in archaeology because we now know challenges faced at that time, how these people lived their lives, what kind of environment they lived in, and much more. Some of these diseases that we can learn about from their teeth are diet related as well.
After I found this article, I told my mom about it and she was able to talk to me about other diseases commonly discovered through looking at teeth. I liked this article because it was a conversation starter and it can help archaeologists learn a lot.