Authored by: Lourdes Penados

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation

Print publication date:  March  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415588577
eBook ISBN: 9780203838716
Adobe ISBN: 9781136879562


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The involvement of physical anthropologists in the study of skeletal remains in Guatemala is linked to the history of Maya archaeology and, in recent times, to the study of remains recovered from forensic settings. While the recovery of skeletal material was not the primary aim of the majority of archaeological projects, the excavations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries produced some of the largest samples, which were prime material for studies on prehistoric and historic Maya human osteology, mainly conducted by North American specialists. Recent projects have produced smaller samples as well and are usually used for specific studies on biological aspects and dietary habits of the ancient Maya.

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