200 Exciting Things to See in Austin!

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The Dental Anthropology Association is thrilled to announce that there are 200 papers at the American Association of Physical Anthropology Meeting this year related to dental anthropology!! Check them out via the link below.

We're looking forward to seeing you all at our Annual Business Meeting on Friday, April 13th at 8:30pm in the Texas V/VI Rooms (Hyatt Regency Austin). Have fun in Austin!

For an organized view of the papers, please papers, click here

Proposed Constitution Edits

Dear Dental Anthropology Association Membership,

Last year we continued the excellent work that began under Scott Burnett to revise our association’s constitution. This year, a subcommittee of the executive board, including Marin Pilloud, Mackie O’Hara, and myself, has drafted a major overhaul of the constitution. I am indebted to Dr. Pilloud and Ms. O’Hara for their heroic efforts.

The goals of our proposed changes are to 1) bring the constitution in line with others of similar organizations, 2) build in ways to make the leadership of the DAA more inclusive, and 3) modernize the organization to take advantage of new technologies for information sharing.

I ask you to please take a look at the three documents attached. One is an unmarked draft of the proposed constitution, one is the current constitution, and one tracks the differences between the two. The current constitution requires that changes to the constitution be sent to the membership at least 30 days before the annual business meeting, and that votes to approve or disapprove be conducted at that meeting. Please note that the draft constitution will allow us to have such votes electronically in the future, allowing a greater number of members to vote.

Please review these documents and come prepared to discuss them at the meeting. Please also feel free to contact me before the meeting with any comments or questions.

Thank you for taking part in the Dental Anthropology Association. The executive board and I value your membership.


Heather Edgar, Ph.D.

President, Dental Anthropology Association



Tracked Changes

Call for Nominations

The Dental Anthropology Association (DAA) is seeking nominations for an Executive Board Member (3 year term). This member will be responsible for being a meeting facilitator. Responsibilities include coordinating with the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) and the local hotel to make arrangements for workshops, special events, and the DAA Business meeting. 

Please submit nominations to Christine Lee (christinelee70@gmail.com), the head of our Nominations/Elections Committee, by APRIL 1. You may nominate yourself or another member. Please include the email address of the nominee in your submission email. 

Nominations will be announced during the Dental Anthropology Association Business Meeting (Friday April 13, 8:30-9:30pm, Room Texas V/VI) for a vote. 


Register for "Let's Do Lunch" at the AAPAs!

The Dental Anthropology Association presents Let's Do Lunch! The goal of this gathering is to match students with professors for one-on-one conversations about dental anthropology at the AAPA meetings. Traditionally, professors and professionals sponsor the lunch of up to 3 students.

The time will be announced as soon as the AAPA Meeting Program Schedule has been posted (it will fall during the lunch break of Friday, April 13).

We have room for ~30 people and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fill out this form if you're interested in joining us!! Note, there are multiple pages


Turner-Scott Dental Anthropology System (ASUDAS) plaques now available!

The Dental Anthropology Association is pleased to announce the addition of The Turner-Scott Dental Anthropology System (ASUDAS) dental plaque set on Bone Clones

From the website: "The Turner-Scott Dental Anthropology System dental plaques are a series of 24 reference plaques that highlight human tooth morphology and variation. Created by Dr. Christy G. Turner II, Dr. Christian R. Nichol, and Dr. G. Richard Scott, this standardized collection of plaques showcase non-metric tooth crown and root traits that are found in a given human population, as well as showing the degree of expression of each trait. Included with the set of plaques are an annotated bibliography of references and a history of the dental plaque system written by one of the original developers of the DAS standards, Dr. G. Richard Scott. A portion of sales will go to the Dental Anthropology Association to help fund student activities and research. 

This set comes packaged in a sturdy box with 3 foam trays that hold the plaques securely to allow for convenient storage and transportation. " 


 Image from BoneClones, Inc. 

Image from BoneClones, Inc. 

New Website for Journal

From the Editors' Corner of Dental Anthropology Vol. 30, No. 1:

"We are pleased to announce the official launch of the new website for the journal! Authors can now submit manuscripts via the Dental Anthropology Association website at the following link: journal.dentalanthropology.org. Hopefully, this move will ease manuscript submission for authors and streamline the peer review process. This website will also serve to house all the back issues of the journal. This move should make it easier to find content published in the journal and increase its visibility. We would like to reiterate our commitment to open access and accessibility of the journal and the research housed within. All content will continue to be made available free of charge. As the editors, we are excited about the direction of the journal, and look forward to reading future submissions."



The next edition of our journal will be hosted on the new website. Until such a time, all editions will continue to be available here