Paleoanthropology: activities that mark
One of the most interesting aspects that can be investigated from the skeletons found in tombs and burial is to detect the marks left by the life lived (some caused by the disease, others for work) in bones and teeth.
For example, the study of Neolithic burials of Abu Hureyra in Syria, shows that certain deformations of the bones of the arms, thighs and toes were due to prolonged use of reciprocating mills to obtain flour. In addition also has been established that these bones belonged to female skeletons.
Other findings from the study will wear dentures. In the first phase of the town, teeth caries-but many breaks and wear. The coarsely ground grain exerted a harmful effect on teeth as a flour consumed extremely hard and abrasive, dust shed by the grinding stone, rapidly wearing teeth.
At a later stage, the new pottery manufacturing technology involved a substantial change in the preparation of food, cooked cereals transforming bread and porridge. This reduced processing technology dental wear, but created sticky foods that adhere to the teeth and led to the development of caries.