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Identification of Areca catechu (betel nut) residues on the dentitions of Bronze Age inhabitants of Nui Nap, northern Vietnam

Oxenham, Marc F., Locher, Cornelia, Cuong, Nguyen Lan and Thuy, Nguyen Kim (2002). Identification of Areca catechu (betel nut) residues on the dentitions of Bronze Age inhabitants of Nui Nap, northern Vietnam. Journal of Archaeological Science,29(9):909-915.

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Title Identification of Areca catechu (betel nut) residues on the dentitions of Bronze Age inhabitants of Nui Nap, northern Vietnam
Author Oxenham, Marc F.
Locher, Cornelia
Cuong, Nguyen Lan
Thuy, Nguyen Kim
Journal Name Journal of Archaeological Science
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 29
Issue Number 9
ISSN 0305-4403   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0036727210
Start Page 909
End Page 915
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Field of Research 2101 - Archaeology
Abstract The dentitions of 31 individuals excavated from the Bronze Age site Nui Nap, Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam were examined for the presence of Areca catechu (betel nut) residues. The chief investigatory method involved GC/MS analysis of a dark reddish-brown stain commonly observed on the labial aspect of the anterior teeth of individuals from this site. The results of this work indicate that these teeth were stained by way of betel nut. Enamel surface morphology and the distribution of staining suggests purposeful application of betel nut residues to the teeth, perhaps for aesthetic reasons.
Keywords Betel nut
GC/MS
SEM
Teeth
Vietnam
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jasc.2001.0767   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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