International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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'Ubelaker DH, Freire JA, 2005: The Distribution of Calculus Deposits in Dentitions from Ancient Ecuador. Anthropologie (Brno) 43, 1: 13-22'.
This paper presents new findings on dental calculus distribution obtained from archaeological samples collected since the 1970s in Ecuador, South America, from sites encompassing a time span of more than 7000 years (6250 BC to AD 1940), including Preceramic to Late Historic Periods. The patterns observed are in marked contrast with those reported from modern clinical samples. Results show a temporal shift in calculus deposition patterns in the highlands, possibly reflecting changes in oral hygiene and diet over time. No evidence was detected of an association between location patterns of dental calculus and coca use in these ancient Ecuadorian samples.
Dental calculus distribution - Buccal - Lingual - Ancient Ecuador - Prehistoric - Historic - Oral hygiene - Diet - Coca

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