Teeth Decorations Found To Be Common Among Native Americans

May 19, 2009

Mexico (ChattahBox) – Skulls that have been found all over what was once Mesoamerica have shown that many people within Native American tribes once decorated their teeth with jewels, carvings, and designs.

The finding point to ‘dentists’ that worked more then 2500 years ago to offer certain members of the tribe oral decorations, such as glittering gemstones.

There is no evidence that this was indicative of any kind of social class, or as a ceremonial right. Rather, it was a purely decorative practice that has been linked to a number of tribes throughout the region.

Researchers at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History believe that herbs were applied to dull the area, and then bone drills and chisels used to create the elaborate designs, including precious stones inserted into holes in the front teeth.

via:National Geographic

Photograph courtesy of: José C. Jiménez López


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