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7098 - Health and Social Status Among Artisans in Teotihuacan, Mexico

The preindustrial city of Teotihuacan had resident full-time craft specialists. Skeletal samples have been studied for age, sex, and paleopathological health indicators from a lapidary compound near the center of the city (La Ventilla) and from a compound with both lapidary and ceramic production in a peripheral neighborhood (Tlajinga 33). These two samples should be quite similar, but the prevalence of paleopathological indicators differs. Tlajinga 33 has higher prevalence of indicators than La Ventilla, and a detailed investigation by age and sex reveals how La Ventilla’s higher social status and location underlies the differences. With Randolph J. Widmer, and Lourdes Márquez Morfín

Keywords: health indicators, urban environments, social status

Author: Storey, Rebecca (University of Houston, Ud States of Am / USA)

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