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 Historical Bioarchaeology at the Colonial Cemetery from Magdalena de Cao Viejo, Chicama Valley, Peru

Alexander Garcia-Putnam

Alexander Garcia-Putnam, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Location:  Magdalena de Cao Viejo, Chicama Valley, Peru

Project Goal
How did indigenous health and demography change with the onset of Spanish Colonial rule in Peru? And were some individuals better buffered from these hardships than others, and if so, why?

Significance
Simply put, understanding the past is critical for creating a better future. Colonialism, past and present, is a pervasive issue in the developing world, and understanding its roots and effects is a key first step in undoing some of the damage it caused.

Methods Used
Archaeological excavations at the cemetery associated with the town of Magdalena, conducting standard osteological analysis of the human skeletal materials from the excavations, and biogeochemical analyses (stable isotope analysis) for dietary and mobility reconstruction.

Conclusions/Outcomes
As of yet to be determined. The physical outcome of this work will be a series of refereed journal articles, personal dissertation, and at least three conference presentations on the subject matter.

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