Historical knowledge

Scary animal teeth

Women’s clothes were made of animal skins and they could be decorated with different tooth beads from animals and people. Animal teeth were obtained by hunting and they could come from red deer or wild boar, for example. It was especially important to own teeth that were difficult to obtain. Teeth can be interpreted as amulets. Perhaps they could banish evil in the same way that a snarling dog bearing its teeth can inspire respect and fear? In some graves tooth beads and snail shells with bored holes have been found in the dead’s pelvis area. The beads originate from loin jewellery, which was meant to protect coming children. Tooth beads or pendants could also function as jewellery and trophies displaying successful hunting!

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