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Title: Health among the Maya : comparisons across sites in the northern Three Rivers Region, Belize
Author: Plumer, Hannah
ISNI:       0000 0004 6421 9458
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2017
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The aim of this research is to examine the health indicators of the northern Three Rivers Region and compare the results to the larger context of health of the ancient lowland Maya. The research was completed through the analysis of the skeletal populations of three separate Maya sites: Blue Creek, Nojol Nah, and Xnoha, and by comparing results within and among the three sites for a total sample size of 222 individuals. The northern Three Rivers Region had an occupation spanning from the Middle Preclassic through the Terminal Classic periods. Therefore, health through time, as well as between the sexes, presence or absence of cultural bodily modifications in relation to health, and socioeconomic status were all examined within the northern Three Rivers Region study. The osteological results presented suggest that the region was quite stable throughout its long occupation. Whereas elsewhere in the Maya region there have been studies that show dietary differences between males and females and indicate strong preferential treatment of males over females in regards to diet, the skeletal population of the northern Three Rivers Region does not exhibit such discrepancies. This likely has to do with the location of the sites in the Three Rivers Region both in terms of having access to coastal and river trade, as well as being situated near the large Alacranes and Dumb-bell Bajos, which provided a rich agricultural landscape.
Supervisor: Nystrom, Pia ; Craig-Atkins, Elizabeth Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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