Topic ID #24715 - posted 11/15/2012 1:14 AM

Mayan Bones Reveal Painful End

Jennifer Palmer

Mayan Bones Reveal Painful End
    Analysis by Rossella Lorenzi
    Wed Nov 14, 2012 09:44 AM ET

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.

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