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Mystery Drilling: Ancient teeth endured dental procedures

Welcome to a time so long ago that people with no dental insurance still could get their teeth drilled, and perhaps filled. Flint-wielding specialists performed the work between 9,000 and 7,500 years ago. A total of 11 teeth from nine adults who lived during that period contain holes drilled with sharpened flint points, according to a new report.

The teeth came from residents of a prehistoric farming village called Mehrgarh in what is now Pakistan.

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