Maxillary Lateral Incisor Agenesis: A Case Study of Hypodontia from the Smith Creek Site, Mississippi.

Author(s): Ryan Seidemann; Christine Halling

Year: 2015


Human skeletal remains recovered from the Smith Creek Site in Adams County, Mississippi came to the Louisiana Department of Justice for analysis. Twenty-six individuals recovered required a full bioarchaeological analysis to inventory and document as much information as possible before final disposition. Of particular interest, one individual displayed the relatively uncommon trait of missing permanent maxillary lateral incisors. In order to determine whether the agenesis resulted from congenital absence, ablation through intentional removal, or antemortem loss, further analysis of the maxilla was conducted. The use of x-rays in addition to metric and macroscopic observation imparts specific data for argument of agenesis of the incisors for this individual. Additionally, a look at the larger context from around the region where the human remains were recovered and prevalence of this abnormality is discussed.

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Maxillary Lateral Incisor Agenesis: A Case Study of Hypodontia from the Smith Creek Site, Mississippi.. Christine Halling, Ryan Seidemann. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397707)

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