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La Cueva de la Colmena: bioarchaeological analysis of a funerary context from the Sonora – Sinaloa Project / R. A. Pailes 1967.

Author(s): Patricia Hernandez Espinoza ; Blanca Eréndira Contreras Barragán ; Adriana Hinojo

Year: 2015

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In the past six years the Centro INAH Sonora has turned its gaze to the Archaeological Collections under its charge, keeping priority to conservation, research, documentation and registration of such collections. Key member of this acquis is the collection product of the archaeological research conducted by Dr. Richard Allen Pailes in the year 1967 as part of the Sonora-Sinaloa Project. The main goal of the project was the recognition of different surface locations in the basin of the Mayo and Fuerte Rivers and excavations at two sites or locations "type". This research was his doctoral thesis. One of the sites excavated, La Cueva de la Colmena, resulted in a funerary context discovery, shaped by an adult and an infant, the latter with a personal outfit consisting of a snail shell necklace, earrings and a pendant, both presented cephalic intentional modification . The focus of this papers are the bioarchaeological results of this context trying to answer the following questions: Is there a biological-cultural relationship between these two individuals? Are there social status differences between them? How this finding fits into the current landscape of research in this area?

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La Cueva de la Colmena: bioarchaeological analysis of a funerary context from the Sonora – Sinaloa Project / R. A. Pailes 1967.. Patricia Hernandez Espinoza, Adriana Hinojo, Blanca Eréndira Contreras Barragán. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396186)


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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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