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A paleopathological analysis of skeletal remains from the Salinar and Gallinazo phases in the Moche Valley (Peru)

Woolwine, Lauren (2018) A paleopathological analysis of skeletal remains from the Salinar and Gallinazo phases in the Moche Valley (Peru). Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Although the Moche phase of the Early Intermediate Period of the north coast of Peru has been well studied, less is known about the Salinar and Gallinazo phases that preceded it. The few pre-Moche sites that have been subject to significant investigation have primarily been inland, urban settlements. To better understand the full range of lived experiences during the Salinar and Gallinazo phases, skeletal remains of 26 individuals recovered from the two small, coastal communities of Pampa la Cruz and La Iglesia were examined. Because of the major political, social, and economic changes that were occurring during this time, these remains were examined for signs of malnutrition and chronic infectious disease to see if rates of these pathological conditions corresponded to those changes. While the small sample size precludes statistical significance in most areas of comparison, trends in the resulting data suggest that Gallinazo people led healthier lives than their Salinar ancestors.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Woolwine, Laurenlrw22@pitt.edulrw22
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairArkush,
Committee MemberBermann,
Committee MemberGagnon,
Committee MemberSiegel,
Date: 23 April 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 March 2018
Approval Date: 23 April 2018
Submission Date: 16 April 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 66
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Salinar; gallinazo; bioarchaeology; archaeology; rise of state; warfare
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 19:58
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 19:58


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