From Cradle to Grave and Beyond

Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

in The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038070
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043135 | DOI:
From Cradle to Grave and Beyond

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With background on the impact of feminist archaeology in “peopling the past,” this chapter presents the osteobiography of a young adult male from Bajo Hill, a Maya Late/Terminal Classic Period site near La Milpa, Rio Bravo, Belize. Careful use of ethnographic and historical sources, attention to artistic imagery, and analysis of grave goods complement analysis of fragmentary skeletal remains from a grave beneath a house floor. The collective evidence suggests that this individual held the important role of medico-religious specialist in his small farming village.

Keywords: Osteobiography; Bajo Hill Site; Medico-religious specialist; Programme for Belize Archaeological Project

Chapter.  5313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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