Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1994

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

Since the 1950s, a decline in stature has been offered as evidence of increasing nutritional stress in prehistoric Maya populations, particularly during the Late Classic collapse. A review of the extant skeletal data, however, reveals very inconsistent support for such a decline. The primary explanation for the variation may reside in the small number of skeletal series that have representatives of more than one time period. Other possible explanations include methodological problems associated with stature reconstruction, reliability in sex determination, and variation in health response according to site size and location.

Publication Title

Latin American Antiquity

Volume

5

Issue

3

First Page

206

Last Page

211

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