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Exploring Migration and Kinship of the Ancient Maya through Isotopes and aDNA in NW Belize

Author(s): Angelina Locker ; Stacy Drake

Year: 2017

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As a uniquely sustained archaeological research program that has annually excavated in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area for 25 years, the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP) offers a wealth of knowledge for bioarchaeological research. This paper examines ancient Maya burials from northwestern Belize, spanning the Late Preclassic (250 BCE – 250 CE) to the Terminal Classic (850 – 950 CE). Detailed here are stable isotope, ancient DNA, and osteological analyses from a small sub-set of individuals from the sites of Dos Hombres, Medicinal Trail, and Sak Chen. These data provide information regarding the migration, kinship, and health of the ancient Maya from northwestern Belize. The interplay between sustainability and population and demographic changes over time are postulated given the presented data and analysis.

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Exploring Migration and Kinship of the Ancient Maya through Isotopes and aDNA in NW Belize. Angelina Locker, Stacy Drake. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431537)


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

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