There are some places we expect to see human teeth. In our mouths, for one. Maybe even a picture of them in a dentist’s office, or on a box of toothpaste at the supermarket. But these people got a lot more than they bargained for when they found teeth – a lot of teeth – in some very unexpected places.
A construction project in Valdosta, Georgia, recently made headlines when workers on a renovation project found hundreds of human teeth inside the wall of a building. The workers found about 1,000 human teeth inside a second-story wall, in a room that belonged to a dentist by the name of Dr. Clarence Whittington at the turn of the 20th century. Nobody can quite understand why Whittington was storing teeth in the walls, but suffice it to say construction workers were quite surprised (and grossed out) by the discovery.
This past August, construction crews in Melbourne, Australia, uncovered about 1,000 teeth in the ground, likely where an old sink drained. The teeth are thought to have been dropped down the drain by a dentist tenant as far back as 1898 and were found when construction workers began excavating the site for the five new metro tunnels that will be built in the city.
In the 1980s, archaeologists digging at the site of Mexico’s “birthplace of the gods” found necklaces made of human teeth in tunnels dug far beneath the ancient city. Untouched by human hands for nearly 2,000 years, the artifacts were adorning the necks of the remains of ancient warriors.
History is full of strange and creepy discoveries like these teeth, but as gross as they may be, they give us a window into humanity, and what life was like in another era. They also make us very glad for modern disposal techniques!
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