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H 290 x W 205 mm

214 pages

72 figures, 70 tables (colour throughout)

Published Feb 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803270241

Digital: 9781803270258

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Chinikihá; Late Classic; Mayan; Zooarchaeology; Isotope analysis; Mexico

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From Ritual to Refuse: Faunal Exploitation by the Elite of Chinikihá, Chiapas, during the Late Classic Period

By Coral Montero López

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From Ritual to Refuse explores the faunal exploitation by the Maya elite at the site of Chinikihá, Chiapas, during the end of the Late Classic period (AD 700-850) by applying zooarchaeological and statistical analyses to a faunal assemblage located in a basurero or midden behind a palatial structure at the core of the site.



Preface ;
Introduction ;
Chapter one: Theoretical background to feasting: Activities in archaeology ;
Chapter two: The presence of faunal remains in different contexts: the Maya case ;
Chapter three: Chinikihá and the sociopolitical situation during the maya classic period ;
Chapter four: Description of the Chinikihá assemblages ;
Chapter five: Zooarchaeological methodology ;
Chapter six: Theoretical background to isotope analysis ;
Chapter seven: Results of the zooarchaeological analysis ;
Chapter eight: Detailed analysis of Operación 114 ;
Chapter nine: Results of the isotope analysis ;
Chapter ten: discussion ;
Conclusion ;
References ;
Appendix a: list of isolated teeth by operación ;
Appendix b: list of material identified by operación ;
Appendix c: List of modified bone and shell studied ;
Appendix d: List of human remains studied

About the Author

Coral Montero López has a PhD in Archaeology from La Trobe University, Australia, and has been an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New England and a seasonal lecturer at La Trobe University. Coral has participated in various archaeological projects in Mexico and currently works as a consultant in Australia, where she has worked for private and government agencies over the last 10 years. She has published numerous journal articles.