Forensic study of Mixtec woman reveals life of pain and hard work
The pieces reflect the daily activities that the young woman participated in and which accentuated the bone injuries produced by her disease. The burial was discovered during the excavations of a salvage made in the Tlaxiaco-Itundujia section by archaeologists Emmanuel Posselt Santoyo and Liliana Ivette Jimenez Osorio, in the archaeological site La Laguna, High Mixtec region of Oaxaca.
|Two from a series of seven watercolors showing the young Mixtec woman,|
created by Oaxacan artist Ernesto Arrona [Credit: INAH]
The osteological evidence, the archaeological context and the etnohistoric sources point to the woman having belonged to a low social stratum and that, although she had health problems related to her genetic syndromes and some metabolic alterations she had a very active life and worked hard from an early age. “Evidence suggest she carried heavy objects on her back with the help of a leather strap. She also spent a lot of time kneeling and crouching carrying out activities such as threshing maize and grinding or kneading clay to make ceramic, which caused modifications of the bones in her kneecaps and feet”, explained the specialist.
Source: INAH via Art Daily [November 12, 2013]