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April 3 2013

Ancient Puebloans Werenít Into Maize Craze As Much As Previously Believed


Perhaps the ancient Puebloans werenít as into the maize craze as scientists once thought.

A new study from the University of Cincinnati led by Nikki Berkebile, a graduate student in anthropology in UCís McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, explores the subsistence habits of Puebloans, also known as Anasazi, who lived on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon in the late 11th century. Ethnographic literature traditionally indicates these ancient American Indians were dependent on maize as a food source. Berkebile isnít so sure about that, however.

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