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Digital Companion to 'Animal Consumption at the Monumental Center of Mayapán'

Content related to a chapter in 'The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals'

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This content pertains to the chapter “Animal Consumption at the Monumental Center of Mayapán” in The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals (Christopher Götz and Kitty F. Emery, eds.), published by Lockwood Press. The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals is an edited volume that links many of its chapters to rich digital content published open access with Open Context. The authors have chosen to link their chapters to related online content (including primary data, maps, and additional images) in order to provide additional research resources in their subject area. The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals is available for purchase from ISD.


Patterns of animal use in central political and religious buildings at the Postclassic Maya political capital of Mayapán reveal the value of staple and exotic faunal resources that linked the foundations of daily subsistence to rites practiced by the most prestigious and powerful members of the city. We review evidence for the widespread use of white-tailed deer and turkey at individual buildings and architectural groups of site center and nearby dwellings, and also variable patterns of the use of dog, brocket deer, and iguana, along with a range of other more uncommon fauna. A digital appendix includes supplementary data such as: 1) figures that graph the frequencies of significant animals per building and illustrate the deviation from the mean value for the total sample, 2) tables with the MNI of significant animals per structure (where MNI is greater than 1), 3) tables and graphs that show the proportions of specific elements for brocket deer, white-tailed deer, dog, peccary, turkey, and iguana. Some of the patterns shown in the appendix tables and figures are discussed in the text of the published article. Selected photos of animal bones from Mayapan will also be available.

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1200–1440 CE


Marilyn Masson, Professor, Anthropology, SUNY Albany, 1400 Washington Ave. · Albany, NY 12222 E-mail:

Carlos Peraza Lope Centro Regional de Yucatán, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Apartado 1015, Mérida, Yucatán, México

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The digital content associated with this chapter includes 18 figures and 7 tables.

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Marilyn Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope. "Digital Companion to 'Animal Consumption at the Monumental Center of Mayapán'". (2017) In The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals. Christopher M Götz, Kitty F Emery (Eds.) . Released: 2017-02-07. Open Context. <> DOI:

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