True Potential: a database on osteological material in Nicaragua

Author(s): Gabriel Van Der Pluijm

Year: 2017


Archaeological research in Nicaragua has yielded an abundance of human osteological material. Excavations at sites like Monkey point on the Caribbean coast and RURD-UNAN in Managua have uncovered impressive and extensive human inhumations. These sites are among the only four sites in Nicaragua were an extensive osteological study has been done and published. Yet many more unpublished literature mentions or has documented osteological remains. What is the real extent of the uncovered osteological material in Nicaragua? What potential lies in the study of this untouched material? This study presents a database compiled of published and unpublished literature that mentioned or studied osteological human remains. The database shows in detail what osteological material is found, if any research has been done on the material and if so what methods were used. Analyzing this database shows that there is indeed an abundance of material that has yet to be studied. Furthermore it shows that there is great need and potential for expanding the science of human osteology in Nicaragua.

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True Potential: a database on osteological material in Nicaragua. Gabriel Van Der Pluijm. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430353)

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Geographic Keywords
Central America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17627