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By Stephen L. Whittington, David M. Reed

Contains an listed bibliography of the 1st one hundred fifty years of Maya osteology. This quantity pulls jointly a spectrum of bioarchaeologists that exhibit impressive info on Maya genetic courting, demography, and illnesses.

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It is tempting to ascribe such demographic differences to variations in population density and urban environment (cf. Storey 1992b for Teotihuacan). Alternatively, these differences may simply relate to differential sampling at the two sites. The actual cause of death is rarely evident in the skeleta 1 remains from Caracol. Health problems evident in the skeletal remains rather indicate that a given individual survived a particular health problem. Identifiable health problems include dental problems such as enamel hypoplasia, calculus, caries, tooth loss, and alveolar resorption, as well as other less common maladies such as fused vertebrae, porotic hy- SOUTHERN LOWLAND MAYA ARCHAEOLOGY 23 perostosis, and arthritis.

D. D. D. D. D. D. D. 000057 number of skeletal individuals. any contemporaneous population was recovered archaeologically. 000182 % of the coeval population that existed at that area's population peak being recovered. 3) even though the burial sample of individuals dated to the Late Classic is over ten times that of the Tayasal region (275 vs. 000591 % of the estimated population has been recovered relative to the site's population peak. Thus, our skeletal samples are extremely small, in spite of all the excavation that has been undertaken.

D. 800-1000) periods at many sites (cf. Culbert and Rice 1990). Estimated populations based on settlement, as opposed to numbers of recovered burials, hint at differential burial practices that standard archaeological sampling is not finding. D. D. D. D. D. D. Percent Based on Burials 780-1080 an = number of skeletal individuals. "low frequency may partially reflect an inability to separate Late and Terminal Classic material in the core of Caraco1. Corozal and Caracol. Assuming that the settlement data are being correctly interpreted, it can be suggested that burial patterning at these two sites for this time period differed substantially from previous Classic period patterns.

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