Newly recognized human dental remains at les fadets (Lussac-les-Châteaux, Vienne, France)

S. A. Lacy, S. Bailey, S. Benazzi, C. Delage

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    Archeological research at the site of Les Fadets in the town of Lussac-les-Châteaux (Department of Vienne, France) has a 150-year history; however, comprehensive descriptions of the results of its various excavations are mostly unknown. Here we present previously unrecognized human dental remains discovered among the curated faunal remains in the context of the history of research at Les Fadets, with a focus on the Upper Paleolithic occupations of the site. Occupation at Les Fadets spans the Middle Paleolithic to the recent historic period. Curatorial details suggest that these children's teeth (Les Fadets 3-6) come from the extensive Magdalenian occupation. In support of this, metric and morphological analyses suggest the teeth cluster with other modern humans rather than Neandertals. This region is rich with Paleolithic cultural sites, and the discovery of these teeth from Les Fadets adds to the small data set available of Upper Paleolithic human remains, especially those of young individuals.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)180-191
    Number of pages12
    JournalBulletins et Memoires de la Societe d'Anthropologie de Paris
    Issue number3-4
    StatePublished - 2018


    • Carabelli's cusp
    • Deciduous teeth
    • Relative crown area
    • Upper Paleolithic

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Archaeology


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