Title page for ETD etd-01272010-150437

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author French, Kellye Alyse
Author's Email Address kfrench@crt.state.la.us
URN etd-01272010-150437
Title Head Shaping of the Ancient Maya at Wild Cane Cay and Moho Cay, Belize
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McKillop, Heather Committee Chair
Brody, Mary Jill Committee Member
Tague, Robert Committee Member
  • Maya
  • body modification
  • cranial modification
  • head shaping
  • Belize
Date of Defense 2009-12-04
Availability unrestricted
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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