Sampling bias in studies of dentoalveolar pathology in past human populations

T. C. Cruz, E. Repetto, A. Malgosa Morera, S. M. Borgognini Tarli

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Two subsamples of 30 subjects drawn from the same skeletal population (Monte d'Argento, Italy, Medieval age) were examined in a parallel blind study of dentoalveolar pathology, tooth wear and calculus, in order to assess the influence of sampling bias on dietary reconstruction. The effect of interobserver error was controlled and random subdivision was performed on a sample homogeneous for age and social condition. In spite of this, appreciable differences in the frequencies of some pathologies and, therefore, in dietary reconstruction were found, thus pointing to potential effectiveness of sampling bias in archaeological partial samples. © 1993 International Institute for the Study of Man.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-110
JournalHuman Evolution
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1993


  • calculus
  • dentoalveolar pathology
  • dietary reconstruction
  • sampling bias
  • tooth wear


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