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E. Hambleton (2001)

A method for converting Grant Mandible Wear Stages to Payne style wear stages in sheep, cow and pig.

In: Archaeological Sciences '97, Proceedings, ed. by Millard, A., vol. S939, pp. 103-108, British Archaeol Reports Archaeopress, Oxford. (ISBN: 978-1-84171-231-4).

The extent of wear on the mandibular molars provides a useful means of assessing age in domestic ungulates. Throughout the published literature there are a number of different methods of recording and presenting mandibular tooth wear, the two most commonly in use in British faunal report; being those developed by Payne (1973) and Grant (1975). Where a number of different techniques are used, the variation in recording and presentation of mandibular tooth wear makes it difficult to carry out systematic inter-site comparisons, as the results are seldom compatible. In order to carry out a reliable comparison of mandibular tooth wear and mortality profiles using published data it is necessary to present all results in a comparable format. This paper aims to discuss briefly the advantages and limitations, of different methods of presenting mandibular tooth wear with regards to comparing different assemblages and identifying specific husbandry regimes. Following this, a method is developed for the conversion of results of Grant's method of tooth wear analysis to a Payne style format for sheep/goat, cow and pig.

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