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Europe's oldest dental implant unearthed

30 May 2014

Europe's oldest dental implant unearthed

Western Europe’s oldest dental implant has been found by archaeologists in Le Chene, northern France.

The implant, which was an iron pin, was found in the burial chamber of an Iron Age woman, who is said to have been between 20 and 30 years old when she died. The archaeologists say it’s possible that the pin held a false tooth made from wood or bone.

Guillaume Seguin, who excavated the woman’s skeleton, told BBC News: “The skeleton was very badly preserved, but the teeth were in an anatomical position, with the molars, pre-molars, canines and incisors. Then there was this piece of metal. My first reaction was: what is this?”

The teeth were then taken away for analysis, where the team hypothesised that the pin was a dental prosthesis. 

 

Image credit: Antiquity

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