New Isotope Data from Classic Maya Copan

Author(s): T. Douglas Price; Shintaro Suzuki

Year: 2017


site of Copan in western Honduras. Strontium, oxygen, and carbon isotopes are measured in human tooth enamel from 66 burials in the Late Classic (ca. 600-750 A.D.) Núñez Chinchilla residential group at. Approximately 50% of the individuals are identified as non-local based on strontium and oxygen isotope ratios. They came from a variety of places in the Maya area. Comparison with an Early Classic burial group suggests substantial changes took place in the origins of migrants with more individuals coming from the east later in time. These results are compared with other data from Copan, with baseline measurements from the surrounding region including new data from Central America, and with the Maya area in general. More than 150 individuals from Copan have now been isotopically measured and these data provide a detailed picture of human movement at Copan and in the Maya region more generally.

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New Isotope Data from Classic Maya Copan. T. Douglas Price, Shintaro Suzuki. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429594)

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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 13272