Archaeology and Bioarchaeology of Population Movement among by Andrea Cucina

By Andrea Cucina

Archaeological proof - i.e. presence of exogenous, international fabric items (pottery, obsidian etc) - is used to make inferences on historical alternate, whereas inhabitants circulation can merely be assessed whilst the organic portion of an historical neighborhood is analyzed (i.e. the human skeletal remains). however the trade of products or the presence of international architectural styles doesn't inevitably indicate genetic admixture among teams, whereas whilst people can migrate for purposes that will not be similar merely to buying and selling. The Prehispanic Maya have been a posh, hugely stratified society. in the course of the vintage interval, city-states ruled over huge areas, developing advanced ties of alliance and trade with the region’s minor facilities and their allies, opposed to different city-states inside and out of doors the Maya realm. the autumn of the political method through the vintage interval (the Maya cave in) resulted in hypothetical invasions of top teams from the Gulf of Mexico into the northern Maya lowland on the onset of the Postclassic. even though, it's nonetheless doubtful no matter if this cave in was once already underway whilst this flow of individuals all started. the total photograph of inhabitants dynamics in Maya Prehispanic instances, in the course of the vintage and the Postclassic, can slowly emerge basically while every thing of the puzzle are prepare in a holistic and multidisciplinary model.

The contributions of this quantity collect contributions from archaeology, archaeometry, paleodemography and bioarchaeology. they supply an preliminary account of the dynamic traits at the back of large–scale historical inhabitants dynamics, and whilst symbolize novel multidisciplinary issues of departure in the direction of an built-in reconstruction and knowing of Prehispanic inhabitants dynamics within the Maya area.

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