Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 13, 2013

Ancient dental work discovered

By Ben Morris, MA
RPA Daily News

---- — Archaeologists in Italy using CT scans and mass spectrometry have recently uncovered a 6,500-year-old human skull containing numerous cavities, the largest of which had been filled with bees wax – the oldest dental filling yet discovered.

A mummified body dating to around 2,100-years- old was also found by a group of researchers that had multiple cavities packed with linen.

Ben Morris, MA, RPA, writes archaeological and history-themed articles for The Daily News. He can be reached at 812-932-0298 or bjmorris1935@gmail.com.