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Health Among the Maya

An osteoarchaeological comparison of sites in the northern Three Rivers Region, Belize

Hannah Plumer
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182 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. 85 figures (68 in colour) and 51 tables
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This book examines health indicators in sites in northern Belize and compares the results to the larger context of the health of the ancient lowland Maya. The research was completed through the analysis of the skeletal populations of three sites and by comparing results both within and among those sites.

Hannah Plumer received her doctorate in archaeology from the University of Sheffield in 2017. She has worked in Mesoamerica since 2009 and is involved in numerous projects relating to human osteology.

‘This volume documents an important database which will not be replicated for many years, if ever. It will stand as an often-cited case study.’ Prof. Thomas H. Guderjan, University of Texas at Tyler

‘A valuable work to anyone working on burials or mortuary patterns in Belize, or anyone doing broader syntheses of Maya mortuary behaviour more generally. More studies like these are sorely needed. ... Anyone working in Mesoamerica would be interested in this research and delighted at its publication.’ Prof. James Fitzsimmons, Middlebury College, Vermont

‘Adds to the accumulating data about Preclassic and Classic Maya skeletons and what they can tell us about the area in the past.’ Prof. Rebecca Storey, University of Houston

Table of Contents (S2879_9781407316277_ToC.pdf, 140 Kb) [Download]

Introduction (S2879_9781407316277_introduction.pdf, 240 Kb) [Download]