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They are what they eat: A need to know more about diet through residues, hieroglyphic texts, and images of the Classic Mayas

Author(s): Jennifer Loughmiller-Cardinal

Year: 2017

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Summary

Among the various sources of information about what foodstuffs comprised the Classic Mayan diet, we lack resolution on daily, domestic, and the various ritual and event foodstuffs. Beyond the archaeologically recovered macrofossil and faunal data, the identifications of drugs and ritual foodstuffs are less well established. Speculative and presumed behaviors that surround these goods tend to bias methods of analysis towards known substances and preconceived interpretations, thereby potentially obscuring empirical data on actual behavior. In the case of the "chocolate vases", the residues did not match our assumptions. Are there other assumptions we have made that maybe leading us astray? There are a number of other residues and contexts to which we should be paying special attention, and we need more appropriate methods of acquiring residues from limited-preservation soils and contexts.


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They are what they eat: A need to know more about diet through residues, hieroglyphic texts, and images of the Classic Mayas. Jennifer Loughmiller-Cardinal. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431431)


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Central America


Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 17193

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America