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New PDF release: Bones of the Maya: Studies of Ancient Skeletons

By Stephen L. Whittington, David M. Reed

ISBN-10: 0817353763

ISBN-13: 9780817353766

Contains an listed bibliography of the 1st one hundred fifty years of Maya osteology. This quantity pulls jointly a spectrum of bioarchaeologists that demonstrate outstanding info on Maya genetic dating, demography, and illnesses.

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The author was not present for the 1971 Tayasal excavations and thus could only review the stored skeletal remains in Guatemala in conjunction with other post-field analyses undertaken during the sumtner of 1977. A large nunlber of the Santa Rita C:orozal burials were excavated by the author and all were vie\ved in-field and briefly in the Corozal laboratory, but many have not been fully reviewed post-field. A similar situation exists for Caracol. Analysis of the Santa Rita Corozal and Caracol materials is still ongoing and, in fact, the Caracol sample is being increased on a yearly basis.

L') ... ) Bladen (900-650 Mamom (650-400 Chicane! D. 250)a Early Chicane! Mass Burial (ca. ) Late Chicanel Mass Burial (ca. D. 100) NOTE: a SA = subadults; A = adults; n = number of individuals. No mass burials. Subadults consist of two adolescents in their early to mid teens and two children under 7 years, including one 14- to 18-month-old infant. Both of the adults are Young Adults, one male and one female. One of the teenagers (Burial 179, 12 to 15 years, ca. ) is also thought to be female, although primarily by context, as the "feminine" shape of her mandible could be due to immaturity rather than sex, and no useful pelvic remains survived.

While there are problems with this method of population reconstruction, its general use and application in the Maya area provide a relatively standard method for comparing excavated sites. Although not typically employed, a comparison of relative population derived from skeletal individuals, as opposed to structural dating, may be instructive in identifying places where skeletal sampling is inadequate or where problems exist in population estimates that have been made using nonskeletal data. Burial samples recovered from the sites of Caracol, Santa Rita Corozal, and Tayasal compare favorably in size with those collected at other lowland Maya sites (see Welsh 1988).

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