Belize -- Antiquities, Caracol Site (Belize), Carbon, Collagen, Copan Site (Honduras), Diet -- Belize -- Caracol Site, Honduras -- Antiquities, Human remains (Archaeology) -- Honduras -- Copan Site, Mayas -- Belize -- Caracol Site -- Antiquities, Mayas -- Honduras -- Copan Site -- Antiquities, Mayas -- Honduras -- Copan Site -- Kings and rulers, Nitrogen, Stable isotopes
The purpose of this thesis is to show that stable isotope analysis can be used to predict K’inich Yax K’uk Mo’s stable isotope measures based on Stuart’s (2007) hypothesis that K’inich Yax K’uk Mo’, the dynastic founder of the Copan royal lineage, was a Caracol lord. There is significant and convincing evidence that K’inich Yak K’uk Mo’ had a non-Copanec origin. Stable isotope analysis is a tested and reliable method for detailing diets and migratory paths of ancient humans and this theory is applied as a predictor of the stable isotope measures of K’inich Yax K’uk Mo’, if he did in fact originate in Caracol. The literature is rich with explanations of stable isotopes and the writings of a few stalwarts in the field were utilized to gain an understanding of the associated technologies and techniques utilized in its analysis. Data from the Copan (Whittington and Reed 1997) and Caracol (Chase and Chase 2001) stable isotope studies were utilized to show the application of stable isotope analysis in areas “associated” with K’inich Yax K’uk Mo’ and to illustrate how the palace diet identified by Chase and Chase (2001; Chase et al. 2001) could be aligned with the Stuart hypothesis to predict the stable isotope ranges for K’inich Yax K’uk Mo’.
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Edwards, Keith, "A Proposed Methodology For Predicting The Carbon And Nitrogen Stable Isotope Measures Of K'inich Yax K'uk Mo', Copan Dynastic Founder" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1922.