publication . Article . 2019

Bone spoons for prehistoric babies: Detection of human teeth marks on the Neolithic artefacts from the site Grad-Starčevo (Serbia).

Sofija Stefanović; Bojan Petrovic; Marko Porčić; Kristina Penezić; Jugoslav Pendić; Vesna Dimitrijević; Ivana Živaljević; Sonja Vukovic; Jelena Jovanović; Sanja Kojic; ...
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  • Published: 19 Dec 2019 Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 14, issue 12 (issn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Abstract
Around 8000 years ago, throughout the Neolithic world a new type of artefact appeared, small spoons masterly made from cattle bone, usually interpreted as tools, due to their intensive traces of use. Contrary to those interpretations, the small dimensions of spoons and presence of intensive traces of use led us to the assumption that they were used for feeding babies. In order to test that assumption we compared 2230 marks on three spoons from the Neolithic site of Grad-Starčevo in Serbia (5800−5450 cal BC) with 3151 primary teeth marks produced experimentally. This study has shown that some of the marks on spoons were made by primary teeth, which indicate their...
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free text keywords: Research Article, Earth Sciences, Geology, Geologic Time, Stone Age, Neolithic Period, Biology and Life Sciences, Anatomy, Digestive System, Teeth, Medicine and Health Sciences, Head, Jaw, Social Sciences, Archaeology, Nutrition, Diet, Beverages, Milk, Breast Milk, Body Fluids, Physiology, Women's Health, Maternal Health, Breast Feeding, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Archaeological Dating, Radioactive Carbon Dating, Research and Analysis Methods, Chemical Characterization, Isotope Analysis, Anthropology, Paleoanthropology, Paleontology, Physical Anthropology, Organisms, Eukaryota, Animals, Vertebrates, Amniotes, Mammals, Bovines, Cattle, Ruminants, Neolithic, Bone spoons, Weaning food, Prehistoric baby-care, Neolithic, Bone spoons, Weaning food, Prehistoric baby-care, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q, Archaeology, Weaning food, Radiometric dating, History, Paleoanthropology, Breast feeding, Prehistory, Radiocarbon dating, law.invention, law
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BIRTH
Births, mothers and babies: prehistoric fertility in the Balkans between 10000 – 5000 BC
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 640557
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG
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