Classic Maya Diet and Gender Relationships

  • John P. Gerry
  • Meredith S. Chesson
Part of the Studies in Gender and Material Culture book series (SGMC)

Abstract

In 1967, William Haviland published a paper in which he examined the skeletal stature of a population of individuals excavated from the Classic period Maya site of Tikal. Most of those that he measured were men, and based on the calculated height differences between the low- and high-status burials he argued that the rulers of the site had been nutritionally privileged. His comments regarding the stature of Tikal’s women were brief, and they focused on the marked degree of sexual dimorphism in the population (1967, p. 323). He allowed for genetic factors to explain the differences, but he also implied that dietary patterns and relative status were significant: women were quite a bit shorter than men, presumably because they did not eat as well, in turn reflecting their lower social standing within the society.

Keywords

Dioxide Maize Anemia Photosynthesis Turkey 

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  • John P. Gerry
  • Meredith S. Chesson

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