Using the Murphy (1959) system for scoring the degree of dentin exposure, Fourche Maline (Woodland) molars show a greater attrition rate than Caddo (Mississippian) molars. Archeological evidence suggests that this differential in attrition rates is caused by the use of stone grinders for food preparation in the Fourche Maline culture and their absence among the Caddo. Analysis of scratches on the occlusal surface of molars from these samples confirms this hypothesis. Several techniques for observing these scratches and reconstructing the grit sizes and grit particle frequencies responsible for this differential abrasion are evaluated.
Stewart, Judith C.; Powell, Mary L.; and Rose, J. C.
"Methodology for Analysis of Diet Grit Size on Molar Attrition for Fourche Maline and Caddo People,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 32
, Article 26.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol32/iss1/26