By Keith P. Jacobi

Jacobi's groundbreaking osteology research uncovers the historical past of the Tipu Maya of Belize and their next touch with the Spanish conquistadores and missionaries.

Two cultures collided at Tipu, Belize, within the 1600s: that of the local Maya and that of the Spanish missionaries, who arrived with an schedule of spiritual subjugation and, finally, political keep an eye on. Combining ancient documentation with the result of an archaeological exploration of a Tipu cemetery, Keith Jacobi offers an account of the meshing of those cultures and the assimilation of Catholic practices via the Tipu.

In specific, Jacobi specializes in the dental is still recovered at this website. A enamel could be the final tangible proof of a dwelling creature, so the teeth can demonstrate information regarding an individual's wellbeing and fitness, vitamin, beauty alteration, trauma, and genetic constitution. From the genetic constitution the researcher can study information regarding an individual's courting to others in a specific inhabitants and among populations.

Jacobi's study unearths how those ecu and Spanish Catholic practices have been assimilated by means of the Tipu Maya and permits the 1st description of the wide-spread attitudes towards demise and burial customs. via this learn of Tipu Maya dentition adjustments via time, Jacobi sheds gentle on Spanish intermarriage, Maya familial relationships, and the Tipu genetic affinity with different prehistoric, ancient, and smooth Maya.

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