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Dr. Erin Thornton Dept. of Anthropology - Stable Isotope Lab


PDFs of publications may be found at my page.

Coming soon! – Special Issue of Archaeological Science: Reports – Turkey Husbandry and Domestication: Recent Scientific Advances (co-edited by Erin Thornton, Kitty Emery & Eduardo Corona)

Read the Special Issue Call for Papers (manuscripts for peer review due Aug. 1, 2015)

Emery, Kitty F. and Erin Kennedy Thornton
2014a Tracking Climate Change in the Ancient Maya World through Zooarchaeological Habitat Analysis. In The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context (Gyles Iannone, editor). University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

2014b Using Animal Remains to Reconstruct Ancient Landscapes and Climate in the Central and Southern Maya Lowlands. In Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Council for Archaeozoology Conference, Paris, 23-28 August, 2010 (Christine Lefévre, editor). BAR International Series #2354: 203-225.

Thornton, Erin Kennedy and Olivia Ng
2013 Late 19th and Early 20th Century Animal Use at Holotunich, Belize. In Archaeology of Ancient Mesoamerican Animals (Christopher Götz and Kitty F. Emery, editors). Oxbow Press, David Brown Book Company, pp. 351-380.

Emery, Kitty F., Erin Kennedy Thornton, Nicole Cannarozzi, Stephen Houston and Hector Escobedo
2013  Ancient Animals of the Southern Maya Highlands: Zooarchaeology of Kaminaljuyu. In Archaeology of Ancient Mesoamerican Animals (Christopher Götz and Kitty F. Emery, editors). Oxbow Press, David Brown Book Company, pp. 381-416.

Thornton, Erin Kennedy, Kitty F. Emery, Camilla Speller, David Steadman, Ray Matheny, Dongya Yang
2012 Earliest Mexican Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) in the Maya Region: Implications for pre-Hispanic Animal Trade and the Timing of Turkey Domestication. PLoS ONE 7(8):e42630.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042630

Thornton, Erin Kennedy
2012 Animal Resource Use and Exchange at an Inland Maya Port: Zooarchaeological Investigations at Trinidad de Nosotros. In Motul de San Jose: Politics, History, and Economy in a Maya Polity (Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emery, editors). University of Florida Press: 326-356.

Thornton, Erin Kennedy
2011 Reconstructing Ancient Maya Animal Trade through Strontium Isotope (87Sr/86Sr) Analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science 38: 3254-3263.

Thornton, Erin Kennedy, Susan D. deFrance, John Krigbaum, and Patrick Ryan Williams
2011 Isotopic Evidence for Middle Horizon to Sixteenth Century Camelid Herding in the Osmore Valley, Peru. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21: 544-567.

Emery, Kitty F. and Erin Kennedy Thornton
2008a Zooarchaeological Habitat Analysis of Ancient Maya Landscape Changes. Journal of Ethnobiology 28(2): 154-178.

Emery, Kitty F. and Erin Kennedy Thornton
2008b A Regional Perspective on Biotic Change During the Classic Maya Occupation Using Zooarchaeological Isotopic Chemistry. Quaternary International 191: 131-143.