The pulled out tooth

Teeth contain a lot of information about the habits and living conditions of individuals. They are therefore an important source for archaeological research. However, there are only a few finds of human teeth from Stone Age epochs in Northwest Germany, which can help to fill the gaps in our knowledge. Within the framework of the project "The Mesolithic in Northwest Germany", which is currently running at the NIhK, individual investigations, such as aDNA and isotope analyses, are being carried out on a molar of a jawbone find from the site Wolfsbrucher Moor, district of Stade. The regional Museum im Schwedenspeicher, Stade, provided the tooth.

Since these analyses are not always non-destructive, precise 3D documentations are made in advance. They record the exact condition before sampling. Afterwards the tooth was also precisely reproduced in the conservation laboratory of the NIhK. The replica makes it possible to continue the display of the jawbone find in its entirety in the museum. The exact coloring, which is just in the making in the foto, takes its time. It gives the impression of authenticity and plays a particularly important role here.