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Title New perspectives on human sacrifice and ritual body treatment in ancient Maya society / edited by Vera Tiesler and Andrea Cucina
Published New York : Springer, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 319 pages) : illustrations, maps, plans
Series Interdisciplinary contributions to archaeology
Interdisciplinary contributions to archaeology.
Contents New perspectives on human sacrifice and postsacrifical body treatments in ancient Maya society / Andrea Cucina and Vera Tiesler -- Funerary or nonfunerary? : new references in identifying ancient Maya sacrificial and postsacrificial behaviors from human assemblages / Vera Tiesler -- The creation and sacrifice of witches in Classic Maya society / Lisa J. Lucero and Sherry A. Gibbs -- Empowered and disempowered during the Late to Terminal Classic transition / Eleanor Harrison-Buck, Patricia A. McAnany, and Rebecca Storey -- Posthumous body treatments and ritual meaning in the Classic period northern Petén / Cecilia Medina Martín and Mirna Sánchez Vargas -- Human sacrifice in Late Postclassic Maya iconography and texts / Gabrielle Vail and Christine Hernández -- Skeletons, skulls, and bones in the art of Chichén Itzá / Virginia E. Miller -- Sacrifice and ritual body mutilation in Postclassical Maya society / Guillermo de Anda Alanís -- Sacred spaces and human funerary and nonfunerary placements in Champotón, Campeche, during the Postclassic period / Araceli Hurtado Cen [and others] -- Human sacrificial rites among the Maya of Mayapán / Stanley Serafin and Carlos Peraza Lope -- Nutrition, lifestyle, and social status of skeletal remains from nonfunerary and "problematical" contexts / Andrea Cucina and Vera Tiesler -- Victims of sacrifice / T. Douglas Price [and others]. -- The bioarchaeology of Maya sacrifice / Jane E. Buikstra
Summary 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 recognition and interpretation of ancient Mayan sacrificial behavior with a multidisciplinary approach. Generalized issues of provenance and the social and health status of sacrificial victims are presented, as well as a joint discussion that gives the work an updated, Continental scope. This will be of interest to students studying Mayan and Mesoamerican culture as well as those interested in bioarchaeology and human sacrifice
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mayas -- Funeral customs and rites -- Congresses.
Mayas -- Religion -- Congresses.
Mayas -- Rites and ceremonies -- Congresses.
Human sacrifice -- Central America -- Congresses.
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Mexico -- Congresses.
Human sacrifice -- Mexico -- Congresses.
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Central America -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Tiesler, Vera.
Cucina, Andrea, 1966-
Society for American Archaeology. Annual Meeting (70th : 2005 : Salt Lake City, Utah)
ISBN 0387488707 (hbk.)
0387488715 (electronic bk.)
9780387488707 (hbk.)
9780387488714 (electronic bk.)