The prehistoric dentist
The Hulbjerg passage grave is concealed by a round barrow on the southern tip of the island of Langeland. It stems from the early Neolithic period known as the Funnelbeaker Culture. In 1960, the grave was excavated by one of Europe's leading experts in late Stone …
The world's oldest root-canal work
When the Hulbjerg passage grave was excavated, archaeologists found the remains of 40 individuals who had been buried at different periods of the Neolithic Age. The majority were children and adults from the early period of the Funnelbeaker Culture, which predominated 4,800-6,000 years ago. The bones and skulls were sorted into separate piles. One of the skulls showed traces of the world's earliest dentistry work. A flint drill had been used to drill down to and puncture a painful abcess in the root canal. This skull is on display at the Langeland Museum. Besides skeletal remains, the burial chamber also contained sharpened flint axes and chisels, flint daggers, transverse arrowheads, decorated ceramics and amber beads. The Stone Age people visited their dead and may have involved them in rituals.
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