New Perspectives On Human Sacrifice And Ritual Body Treatments In Ancient Maya Society (Interdisciplinary Contributions To Archaeology)

New Perspectives On Human Sacrifice And Ritual Body Treatments In Ancient Maya Society (Interdisciplinary Contributions To Archaeology)

New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Ritual Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society (Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology)

This book examines Maya sacrifice and related posthumous body manipulation. The editors bring together an international group of contributors from the area studied: archaeologists as well as anthropologists, forensic anthropologists, art historians and bioarchaeologists. This interdisciplinary approach provides a comprehensive perspective on these sites as well as the material culture and biological evidence found there

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Human sacrifice among the ancient Maya is a topic of widespread interest. It has triggered awe and romanticism in the general public, which often leads to unfounded myths misjudgments.

This book dispels those myths by bringing together an international group of both well-established scholars and accredited young experts in the field to provide a fresh, objective look at ritual violence in the Mayan realm from an academic perspective. These experts offer examine new evidence of of human sacrifice in Classic and Postclassic period sites like Calakmul and the Sacred Cenote of Chichen Itz, as well as cave contexts from Belize.

The contributions analyze meanings, agents, occasions, and sacrificial procedures, along with post-sacrificial body processing. They address questions about the...

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