Ossuary burial of cremated human remains from Copa�n, Honduras

dc.contributor.committeeMemberStorey, Rebecca
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrown, Kenneth W.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWidmer, Randolph
dc.creatorBallinger, Diane A.
dc.date.accessioned2023-04-21T20:55:58Z
dc.date.available2023-04-21T20:55:58Z
dc.date.issued1986
dc.description.abstractAn osteological analysis of the Gordon Cave Site population from Copan, Honduras is the first one conducted on an ossuary of cremated bone. Analysis has revealed the presence of a minimum of twenty-two adults and forty-six juveniles. All age cohorts and both sexes are present indicating that this is a representative sample of the population. No evidence of ranking was found in the sample. Cremation is practiced on all adults and all juveniles over age five. The demographic profile has the characteristics of a total population. Although the relationship of Gordon Cave to Copan is unclear, the health status of Gordon Cave was better than that of Copan. Individuals exhibit none of the effects of crowding or nutritional stress. There are indications that this was either a very early or a very late pre-columbian population. Two types of cremation exist in the sample, dry bone and whole body, signifying that some of the bodies were curated before burning.
dc.description.departmentComparative Cultural Studies, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.other15364647
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/14055
dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjectBurials
dc.subjectHonduras
dc.subjectCopán Site
dc.subjectCremation
dc.subjectMayas
dc.subjectFuneral customs and rites
dc.subjectHuman remains (Archaeology)
dc.titleOssuary burial of cremated human remains from Copa�n, Honduras
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dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentAnthropology, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropology
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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