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September 20 2012

Oldest dental filling is found in a Stone Age tooth


You may not want to try this at home. A simple wax cap that was applied to a broken tooth 6500 years ago is the oldest dental filling on record. It adds to evidence that Neolithic communities had a surprisingly sophisticated knowledge of dentistry.

The recipient of the treatment was most likely a 24 to 30-year-old man, living in what is now Slovenia. His fossilised jawbone was found early last century near the village of Lonche. At the time, the find one of the oldest human bones ever found in the region was described, catalogued and filed away in a museum in nearby Trieste, Italy.

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