John Charles Willman, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES), is now a Marie-Curie researcher.
The “IDENTITIES” Project investigates “human dental wear related to the habitual use of “teeth-as-tools” among individuals spanning the Early to Mid-Holocene in Iberia – a period that encapsulates complex sociocultural, economic, and technological reorganization as hunting and gathering lifestyles are eclipsed by a greater dependence on domesticated plants and animal husbandry. The project addresses how aspects of non-masticatory dental wear co-vary with proxies for sex, age-at-death, occupation, or status of individuals across the Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition and through the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age. This research provides cross-validation for a wide range of methods currently used to study dental wear, and we are developing novel approaches as well. The integrative approach can assess the relative usefulness and/or inadequacies of different methodologies for documenting patterns of non-masticatory tooth-use.”