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Family, ‘Foreigners’, and Fictive Kinship: a Bioarchaeological Approach to Social Organization at Late Classic Copan

Abstract In anthropological models of social organization, kinship is perceived to be fundamental to social structure. This project aimed to understand how individuals buried in neighborhoods or patio groups were affiliated, by considering multiple possibilities of fictive and biological kinship, short or long-term co-residence, and long-distance kin affiliation. The social organization of the ancient Maya urban center of Copan, Honduras during the Late Classic (AD 600-822) period was evaluated through analysis of the human skeletal remains drawn from the largest collection yet recovered in Mesoamerica (n=1200). The research question was: What are the roles that kinship (biological or fictive) and co-residence play in the internal social organizatio... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Miller, Katherine Anne (Author) / Buikstra, Jane E (Advisor) / Bell, Ellen E (Committee member) / Stojanowski, Christopher M (Committee member) / Knudson, Kelly J (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Archaeology / Biostatistics / Chemistry / Bioarchaeology / Maya / Social Organization
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 524 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Anthropology 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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