Storey, Rebecca, 1950-. Life and death in the ancient city of Teotihuacan: a modern paleodemographic synthesis

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Life And Death In The Ancient City Of Teotihuacan

Chapter 1 Anthropology And Paleodemography The Problem And Its Theoretical Foundations

The Human Past And Demography

The Paleodemographic Method

The Statement Of The Problem

Chapter 2 Teotihuacan And The Demography Of Preindustrial Cities

The Demography Of Preindustrial Cities

The Demographic Characteristics Of The New World

Chapter 3 The Tlajinga 33 Apartment Compound

The Background Of The Project

The Excavation Strategy

General Compound Characteristics

Architecture And Function In Tlajinga 33

The Early Tlamimilolpa Phase

The Late Tlamimilolpa—early Xolalpan Phase

The Late Xolalpan-early Metepec Phase


Craft Specialization


Chapter 4 The Tlajinga 33 Skeletons

Previous Skeletal And Demographic Study In Teotihuacan

The Tlajinga 33 Burials

Burial Types

Characteristics Of The Tlajinga 33 Graves

The Nature Of The Graves


The Nature Of Grave Goods

Population Characteristics

Chronological Phase

Contingency-table Analysis Of Mortuary Variation

Grave Characteristics


Grave Offerings

Population Characteristics


Summary And Comparison With Other Compounds At Teotihuacan

Chapter 5 General Demographic Characteristics Of The Tlajinga 33 Population

The Sex And Age Of Individuals From Formal Graves



Secondary-context Individuals

General Demographic Characteristics Of The Tlajinga 33 Population

The Importance Of Secondary-context Remains To The Tlajinga 33 Study

Chapter 6 Paleodemographic Analysis Of The Tlajinga 33 Skeletons

The Validity Of The Paleodemographic Method

The Tlajinga 33 Age Distribution Of Deaths

Other Demographic Models For Tlajinga 33


The Underaging Of Old Adults

Demographic Modeling Of Fertility In Tlajinga 33

Sex-specific Differences

Chronological Differences


Chapter 7 Paleopathology, Health, And Mortality At Tlajinga 33

Porotic Hyperostosis And Periosteal Reactions

Harris Lines And Dental Enamel Hypoplasias

Harris Lines

Dental Hypoplasias

Stress Patterns Revealed By Harris Lines And Dental Hypoplasias

Cortical Thickness

Growth And Stature In Tlajinga 33

Morbidity And Mortality In Tlajinga 33

Chapter 8 Mortality Models And The Demographic Significance Of Tlajinga 33

Mortality Models For Tlajinga 33

The Demographic Implications Of The Tlajinga 33 Study

Teotihuacan And Its Hinterland


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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Life and death in the ancient city of Teotihuacan: a modern paleodemographic synthesis

Published By: Original publisher Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. 1992. xvii, 307 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Rebecca Storey

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Central Mexico Classic (NU92)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Cities (633); Dwellings (342); Anthropometry (141); Laboratory analysis of materials other than dating methods in archaeology (1212); Mortality (165); Internal migration (166); Morbidity (164); Ontogenetic data (145);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This document describes the excavation of one apartment compound, Tllajinga 33, in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, that the author believes could yield groundbreaking information on the demographic features, health, and general quality of life in a New World preindustrial city (p. 24). The large skeletal sample taken from this site was used as the basis for a paleodemographic analysis that provided the first opportunity to characterize this important urban center demographically. The breakdown of the data from this analysis provides much information on the general characteristics of the Tlajinga 33 population, especially in regard to pathology, health, and mortality.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nu92-005

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-298) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1980-1982

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist 4, 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 2009

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 2150-1250 BP (150 BC-AD 750)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Tlajinga 33 Compound, Teotihuacán, Valley of Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Indians of Mexico--Population/Indians of Mexico--Anthropometry/Teotihuacán Site (San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico


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