Early African diaspora in colonial Campeche, Mexico: Strontium isotopic evidence
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2006
Copyright © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 130, Issue 4, pages 485–490, August 2006
How to Cite
Price, T. D., Tiesler, V. and Burton, J. H. (2006), Early African diaspora in colonial Campeche, Mexico: Strontium isotopic evidence. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 130: 485–490. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20390
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Received: 6 JUN 2005
- US National Science Foundation. Grant Number: BCS-0413047
- human remains;
Construction activities around Campeche's central park led to the discovery of an early colonial church and an associated burial ground, in use from the mid-16th century AD to the late 17th century. Remains of some individuals revealed dental mutilations characteristic of West Africa. Analyses of strontium isotopes of dental enamel from these individuals yielded unusually high 87Sr/86Sr ratios, inconsistent with an origin in Mesoamerica, but consistent with an origin in West Africa in terrain underlain by the West Africa Craton, perhaps near the port of Elmina, a principal source of slaves for the New World during the 16th century. These individuals likely represent some of the earliest representatives of the African Diaspora in the Americas. Am J Phys Anthropol, 2006. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.