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Life and death at Teposcolula Yucundaa: Mortuary, archaeogenetic, and isotopic investigations of the early colonial period in Mexico
by Warinner, Christina Gertrude, Ph.D., Harvard University, 2010, 346; 3415431
Abstract (Summary)

Two mid-16th century cemeteries are investigated at the Mixtec site of Teposcolula Yucundaa and shown to be related to the unidentified cocoliztli pandemic of 1545-1548. Through archaeogenetic and oxygen stable isotope analysis it is shown that the interred individuals are local Mixtecs, and mortuary analysis sheds light on both Christian and traditional religious practices at the site. Mitochondrial haplogroup frequencies do not support severe population bottlenecking during the 16th century epidemic period, and carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis does not support a shift away from maize consumption, despite evidence for increased wheat production at the site. In order to further refine Middle American stable isotope-based paleodietary models, a large-scale empirical study was conducted on the isotopic diversity of regional crop plants, and an experimental feeding study in swine was developed to determine the isotopic effects of nixtamalization on mineralized tissues.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tuross, Noreen
School: Harvard University
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-A 71/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Physical anthropology, Paleoecology, Latin American Studies
Keywords: Ancient DNA, Archaeogenetic, Bioarchaeology, Isotopic, Mesoamerica, Mexico, Mixtec, Mortuary, Teposcolula Yucundaa
Publication Number: 3415431
ISBN: 978-1-124-09111-2
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