Radiographic evaluation of two Early Classic elites from Copan, Honduras
Article first published online: 27 MAY 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 196–207, May/June 2005
How to Cite
Nystrom, K. C., Buikstra, J. E. and Braunstein, E. M. (2005), Radiographic evaluation of two Early Classic elites from Copan, Honduras. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 15: 196–207. doi: 10.1002/oa.769
- Issue published online: 27 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 27 MAY 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 APR 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 1 MAR 2004
- Manuscript Received: 3 SEP 2003
- blunt force trauma;
- Polaroid film
The paper describes the results of a radiographic evaluation of two elite individuals from the Early Classic period of Copan, Honduras; K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo', founder of the Early Classic Dynasty at Copan; and the principal individual recovered from the Motmot tomb. There were two primary goals: (1) the description of previously undocumented pathological processes; and (2) the evaluation of individual-specific forms of pathology and activity-related changes such as disuse atrophy. Despite suffering from a number of blunt force insults, K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo's cortical and trabecular bone thickness appears normal, indicating that the skeletal elements did not suffer from disuse atrophy concomitant following injury. Additionally, we examined the Motmot individual for: (1) evidence of bone thinning, either associated with reduced activity levels or pathology; (2) evidence of a parry fracture to her right forearm; and (3) the evaluation of a possible fracture to the right humerus near the surgical neck. In sum, despite her gracile appearance, we concluded that Motmot did not suffer from cortical bone thinning due to disease process or reduced activity levels, and that the right forearm parry fracture was the only sign of blunt force trauma. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.