Did They Belong: A Preliminary Study on Strontium Isotopic Analysis of the Guangala Culture Located at Salango, Ecuador
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Due to advancements in technology, questions once thought of as unanswerable concerning migration and mobility have become possible to address. Strontium isotopic analysis has begun to bring about a change in how bioarchaeologists apply migration theories and broader sociopolitical questions can now be explored. In the Andes, many researchers have applied these techniques, but little to no research has been done in Ecuador. For this study, I analyzed 29 strontium samples to better understand the Guangala culture at Salango, Ecuador (100 BCE- 800 CE). I calculated a "social" baseline range of 86Sr/87Sr = 0.70760 - 0.70850 with 27 of 29 (93%) samples falling within that range. A local baseline was estimated to be 86Sr/87Sr = 0.70832-0.70923, with 26 of 29 (89%) falling below that range. The most significant findings were between the samples that came from the same individuals, showing that mobility did occur with three individuals. By applying this technique, I was able to infer different views and treatment of foreigners caused by different lived experiences between Very Early Guangala individuals and Early Guangala individuals.
Juengst, Dr. Sara
Ogburn, Dr. DennisLunniss, Dr. Richard
Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2022.
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