RESULTS OF PALEOSTOMATOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF
MATERIAL FROM THE CAVE NEAR GORNJI VAKUF
Amila Zukanović, Jasminko Mulaomerović & Damir Marjanović - (36/3,2007)
Among explored speleological objects near the Krupa village,
close to Gornji Vakuf, the most interesting cave from paleocultural
aspect, is the cave named “Cave number 5”. In the internal
part of that cave, besides ceramic fragments and one metal needle,
rich anthropological material have been found, compounds
of numerous humans bones and teeth. Anato-morphological
analysis of the one part of material showed that this site is a prehistoric
crypt with remains of at least 13 people. Radiocarbon
14C bone analysiss results showed that those people lived 2765
± 75 before presence. The fact that anthropological material includes
some remains which belonged to children shows some
characteristics of burial culture of that period on area of Uskoplje.
This cave crypt is the one of the biggest on this region.
Paleostomatological analysis of teeth and jaw fragments gave
us clear evidence about therapeutic interventions performed in
this period. X-rays analysis showed presence of the metal body
inside the bone in one mandibular fragment. It’s supposed that
this metal is broken part of instrument used for tooth extraction.