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Mayan Bones Reveal Painful End
Discovery News ^ | Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Rossella Lorenzi

Posted on 11/23/2012 6:27:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Evidence of the miserable life lived by the Maya during the Spanish conquest of the 16th century has emerged in an ancient settlement of Mexico's east coast, as archaeologists unearthed dozens of infant skeletons with signs of malnutrition and acute anemia.

Found in the recently opened archaeological site of San Miguelito, in the middle of the hotel chain area of Quintana Roo, near Cancun, the human burials were excavated within 11 housing buildings dating to the Late Postclassic Mayan Period (1200 - 1550).

Archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) estimate that at least 30 burials belong to infants between the ages of three and six. The majority suffered from hunger and most likely died of related diseases.

The 16th-century skeletons point to "a high infant mortality rate, probably derived from poor health and malnutrition," archaeologist Sandra Elizalde said in a statement...

Strategically located at the entrance of the Nichupte Lagoon, San Miguelito was an important trading center in pre-Hispanic times (1200-1350 AD)...

Pre-hispanic structures built at that time in the settlement included the 26-foot-high by 39-foot-wide Great Pyramid, and other four architectural complexes called South, Dragons, Chaac and North, where most of the burials were unearthed...

In addition to the infant burials, the archaeologists unearthed other 17 burials -- some belong to adult individuals, while others are so fragmented they cannot be identified...

The archaeologists also discovered fragments of a mural painting with fauna designs and marine elements, pottery, lithic tools and a two-inch earring, made of shell and engraved with the face of an individual.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; mayans

1 posted on 11/23/2012 6:27:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought Mayan Bones was a porn star.


2 posted on 11/23/2012 6:29:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

d’oh


3 posted on 11/23/2012 6:29:53 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: cripplecreek

Rap star, porn star...what’s the freakin’ difference?


4 posted on 11/23/2012 6:34:21 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

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5 posted on 11/23/2012 6:36:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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6 posted on 11/23/2012 6:36:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Of course, the article implies it was the Spaniards’ fault, since they are supposed to have ‘cut off’ Mayan trade routes. How that could have affected their nutrition since farming was local, is not explained.


7 posted on 11/23/2012 6:38:35 PM PST by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Eight years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Blame it on Bush!


8 posted on 11/23/2012 6:40:07 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: cripplecreek

Don’t forget, there was a nice, wholesome blended-family movie in the mid-1960s, Your Mayans End Hours.


9 posted on 11/23/2012 6:41:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Post Toasties
the article implies it was the Spaniards’ fault,

It was, in a way. Europeans brought diseases that were not known in the americas.

Left out, though, is how the same diseases affected the european civilizations when they got introduced there. It was ugly in Europe, too, when that happened.

Doesn't fit the liberal message, though, so it gets ignored.

Face it, life before antibiotics and handwashing pretty much sucked.

/johnny

10 posted on 11/23/2012 6:58:24 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Post Toasties
How that could have affected their nutrition since farming was local, is not explained.

Unless farming was the problem.

11 posted on 11/23/2012 6:59:44 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("Eschatology preceeds soteriology" --G. Vos, Pauline Eschatology, 1930)
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To: SunkenCiv

The bloodthirsty Mayan empire perished miserably four centuries ago, and now we’re supposed to tremble in fear over their stupid stone calendar!!!?


12 posted on 11/23/2012 7:01:06 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Post Toasties

Because this was before NAFTA and the high US tariffs were killing them.


13 posted on 11/23/2012 7:21:18 PM PST by BipolarBob (The first thirty years of my childhood were less than desirable.)
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To: Post Toasties

When we visited New Mexico a couple of years ago, we visited the ruins of some old Indian dwellings and missions and were told that for years the death of some of the local tribes was blamed on the Spaniards, but evidence now indicates that it was a terrible drought in that same early period that killed off the tribes. Could the same drought have been the problem in Mexico?


14 posted on 11/23/2012 7:27:35 PM PST by Eva
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To: SunkenCiv
Evidence of the miserable life lived by the Maya during the Spanish conquest of the 16th century has emerged in an ancient settlement of Mexico's east coast,<<

Everyone can find the “End” result of socialism!...

The question is.....
How the Hell did they become that stupid??????

15 posted on 11/23/2012 7:34:36 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: JRandomFreeper

/johnny,

you may want to read some of the eyewitness accounts of what the Spanish found the Mayans doing when they got there.

They were sacrificing their children and drinking their blood.

The Spaniards said enough of this $hit and then wiped out the “management” that ENDED the human sacrifice.

The fact that some of the children were malnourished or got smallpox paled in comparison to the human sacrificing that was going on.

you have fallen for the BS, politically correct, faux history being taught in government schools.

Lurking’


16 posted on 11/23/2012 7:48:25 PM PST by LurkingSince'98 (Catholics=John 6:53-58 Everyone else=John 6:60-66)
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To: LurkingSince'98
Most of my historical reading is from the 1600s to the early 1900s.

But I have managed to lay my hands on copies of some of the accounts of what the Spaniards say happened.

Fortunately, most of it was written in latin.

Gotta go back to the logistics. What was the population of south america? What was the number of invading Conquistadores?

What does current research say about the bones of native south americans? Disease? or gunshots and sword strikes?

I don't rely on government schools. I go back to original sources, and learn the language so I can read them. I'll draw my own conclusions, based on available evidence.

/johnny

17 posted on 11/23/2012 8:01:24 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: M-cubed

Television and rap music?


18 posted on 11/23/2012 8:01:58 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: Lee N. Field

fascinating


19 posted on 11/23/2012 8:24:34 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: SunkenCiv

bookmark


20 posted on 11/23/2012 9:03:47 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Eva

The drought believed by some to have disrupted life on the Colorado Plateau preceded the Spaniard diseases by a few hundred years.


21 posted on 11/24/2012 4:36:17 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: SunkenCiv

Another fallen people.


22 posted on 11/24/2012 5:33:35 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: bert

Is that what I’ve seen referred to as the Classical Mayan Collapse?


23 posted on 11/24/2012 7:47:35 AM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: bert

The tribes didn’t die of disease in New Mexico. They died of starvation. The only white men at these monasteries were the priests. They hadn’t yet brought in settlers that would spread disease.

Anyway, all I know about it is what the docent explained.


24 posted on 11/24/2012 7:54:13 AM PST by Eva
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To: visualops
fascinating

For something else I was doing, I went looking for corroboration of a statement that I'd read multiple times, that the archaeological remains of agriculturalists show more signs of disease and poor health than the remains of hunter-gatherers. This was pretty close to the top of the search results.

25 posted on 11/24/2012 4:46:41 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("Eschatology preceeds soteriology" --G. Vos, Pauline Eschatology, 1930)
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