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Late And Terminal Classic Maya Subsistence: Stable Isotope Analysis At Chac Balam And San Juan On Northern Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Late And Terminal Classic Maya Subsistence: Stable Isotope Analysis At Chac Balam And San Juan On Northern Ambergris Caye, Belize

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dc.contributor.author Parker, Dana Yvonne Ritchie en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-14T20:54:15Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-14T20:54:15Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-14
dc.date.submitted January 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-11187 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/5855
dc.description.abstract Skeletal populations from several Maya sites during the Late and Terminal Classic periods exhibit pathologies indicative of poor health and malnutrition, while populations from other sites appear comparatively healthy. Chac Balam and San Juan from Ambergris Caye in Belize are examples of flourishing sites with skeletal populations that possess few indicators of nutritional stress. Analysis of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes on bone collagen and carbon isotopes on bone apatite from 30 individuals was conducted to elucidate dietary intake of the populations from Chac Balam and San Juan. Results indicate dietary possibilities typical for an island population, with primary food sources coming from the sea supplemented with terrestrial plants and fauna. No significant differences were found between males and females or adults and juveniles from these sites. Differences found between social groups indicate lower status individuals relied more on local resources and higher status individuals/elites perhaps had differential access to imported meat or produce. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Smith, Shelley en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Anthropology en_US
dc.title Late And Terminal Classic Maya Subsistence: Stable Isotope Analysis At Chac Balam And San Juan On Northern Ambergris Caye, Belize en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Smith, Shelley en_US
dc.degree.department Anthropology en_US
dc.degree.discipline Anthropology en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. en_US

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