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Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial CampecheHistory and Archaeology$
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Vera Tiesler, Pilar Zabala, and Andrea Cucina

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034928

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034928.001.0001

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Isotopic Evidence of the African Origins and Diet of Some Early Inhabitants of Campeche, Mexico

Isotopic Evidence of the African Origins and Diet of Some Early Inhabitants of Campeche, Mexico

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(p.175) 9 Isotopic Evidence of the African Origins and Diet of Some Early Inhabitants of Campeche, Mexico
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Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial Campeche
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T. Douglas Price

James H. Burton

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034928.003.0009

This chapter deals with the question of the place of origin of the inhabitants in the Campeche cemetery by undertaking isotopic examination of the human remains. It focuses specifically on the African inhabitants of the cemetery and includes data on new burials as well as information on their diet. This study uses its own methods and procedures along with the results of several analyses. To this end, the isotopic methods used in these investigations are described. Strontium isotopes are employed to examine the place of origin of these individuals. Relevant information on the geology of the Yucatan and surrounding regions is provided to enhance the context of the strontium isotope investigations. Carbon and nitrogen isotopes in bone and teeth are measured to obtain information on diet and ethnicity. In conclusion, the findings are discussed in terms of broader issues of place of birth, diet, local ethnic integration, and social interaction.

Keywords:   isotopic examination, human remains, cemetery, strontium isotopes, ethnicity, diet, African origin

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