Master of Arts (MA)
Geography and Anthropology
As a sign of beauty or status, the ancient Maya shaped the skulls of their infants, resulting in what modern researchers see as several forms of cranial modification. My project consists of the study of cranial modification of the coastal Maya from two trading ports, including an Early Classic (A.D. 300-600) sample Moho Cay, Belize, and a Postclassic (A.D. 900-1300) sample from Wild Cane Cay, Belize. Using the classification set forth by Dembo and Imbelloni, I calculate the type of cranial modification found at each site. I then create gender, temporal, and spatial distributions and compare the results to other established cranial modification distributions for the Maya area.
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French, Kellye Alyse, "Head shaping of the ancient Maya at Wild Cane Cay and Moho Cay, Belize" (2010). LSU Master's Theses. 3299.