Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Ritual Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society

Editors: Tiesler, Vera, Cucina, Andrea (Eds.)

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About this book

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.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Postsacrificial Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society: An Introduction

    Cucina, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Funerary or Nonfunerary? New References in Identifying Ancient Maya Sacrificial and Postsacrificial Behaviors from Human Assemblages

    Tiesler, Vera

    Pages 14-44

  • The Creation and Sacrifice of Witches in Classic Maya Society

    Lucero, Lisa J. (et al.)

    Pages 45-73

  • Empowered and Disempowered During the Late to Terminal Classic Transition: Maya Burial and Termination Rituals in the Sibun Valley, Belize

    Harrison-Buck, Eleanor (et al.)

    Pages 74-101

  • Posthumous Body Treatments and Ritual Meaning in the Classic Period Northern Petén: A Taphonomic Approach

    Martín, Cecilia Medina (et al.)

    Pages 102-119

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Ritual Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society
Editors
  • Vera Tiesler
  • Andrea Cucina
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-48871-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-48871-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-48870-7
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-09524-0
Series ISSN
1568-2722
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 319
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