Master of Arts (MA)
Anthropology and Ethnic Studies
First Committee Member
Debra L. Martin
Number of Pages
This project analyzed dentition from a sample (n =142) of Early Agricultural period skeletons (B.C. 1600-200 A.D.) from the site of La Playa (SON F:10:3), Sonora, Mexico. Data was collected on pathology rates for dental caries and antemortem tooth loss (AMTL) to test the hypothesis that hormone-fluctuations associated with pregnancy increase dental pathology in females. Males and females were not found to have significant differences in caries rates. However, statistically significant differences in AMTL were found with females exhibiting more tooth loss than males ( p=.022). When compared across age categories, reproductive-age females had substantial increases in AMTL compared to age-matched males; This pattern suggests that differences in dental health may be sex-based. With decreased birth-spacing associated with sedentism and agriculture, female oral health suffers. Findings from this study, with research from clinical studies on dental health and pregnancy, provide insight into the history of sex-differences in oral pathology and women's health.
Agricultural; Dental; Early; Females; Health; Mexico; Sex; Transition
Archaeology; Physical anthropology; Forensic anthropology; Indians of North America--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Fields, Misty, "Sex and the agricultural transition: Dental health among early agricultural females" (2008). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2400.