Dietary Practices Socioeconomic Status and Social Mobility at Teotihuacan Mexico

Project: Research project

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Dietary Practices Socioeconomic Status and Social Mobility at Teotihuacan Mexico Dietary Practices Socioeconomic Status and Social Mobility at Teotihuacan Mexico Abstract: This project investigates the prevalence and characteristics of social mobility within archaic states through a contextualized program of isotopic research at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, Mexico. The study will recover and use the dietary isotope ratios within bone and tooth samples from 130 individuals of relatively wellknown socioeconomic status buried throughout the city 1) to define the dietary correlates of wealth and status at Teotihuacan, 2) to identify individuals displaying lifetime dietary changes consistent with changes in socioeconomic status, and 3) to examine patterns in the social categories (gender, ethnicity, etc.) represented among socially mobile individuals. Though many traditional archaeological models either ignore social mobility altogether or assume that boundaries between socioeconomic strata within archaic states were largely impermeable, this assumption has never been systematically tested using archaeological data. By using lifetime dietary indicators to develop a new methodological approach to the identification of socially mobile individuals in the archaeological record, this project will provide a road map for broader comparative studies evaluating the nature of social mobility within archaic states. The results of this research will also highlight the applicability of archaeological information to our understanding of modern day processes of social mobility by investigating the potential of archaeological data to clarify the relationship between social, political, and economic conditions and the relative equality of opportunity available to individuals belonging to diverse social groups.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/1/139/1/15

Funding

  • Wenner-Gren Foundation: $25,000.00

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