Bolnick, Rodriguez and Mata-Miguez Published in American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Posted: November 7, 2012
Jaime Mata-Míguez (Physical Anthropology graduate student), Deborah Bolnick (Assistant Professor of Physical Anthropology), and Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría (Associate Professor of Archaeology), Lisa Overholtzer (Wichita State University), and Brian Kemp (Washington State University) recently published an article examining the genetic impact of Aztec imperialism in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Their investigation analyzed mitochondrial DNA in pre-Aztec and Aztec human remains recovered from two houses during archaeological work at Xaltocan, a town in the Basin of Mexico. They found that the Aztec conquest of Xaltocan was associated with a replacement of mitochondrial lineages at those two houses, suggesting that Aztec imperialism may have been responsible for a significant genetic and demographic shift at the town.
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