Artifacts from the Cenote of Sacrifice, Chichen Itza, Yucatan: Textiles, Basketry, Stone, Bone, Shell, Ceramics, Wood, Copal, Rubber, other Organic Materials, and Mammalian Remains

Artifacts from the Cenote of Sacrifice, Chichen Itza, Yucatan: Textiles, Basketry, Stone, Bone, Shell, Ceramics, Wood, Copal, Rubber, other Organic Materials, and Mammalian Remains

by Clemency Chase Coggins
     
 

In this abundantly illustrated third and final volume on the artifacts found by Edward H. Thompson in the Well of Sacrifice, specialists analyze the great variety of objects and debate whether they represent evidence of dateable prehistorical ritual. The collection includes the rare remains of hundreds of textiles, wooden objects, and copal incense offerings that

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In this abundantly illustrated third and final volume on the artifacts found by Edward H. Thompson in the Well of Sacrifice, specialists analyze the great variety of objects and debate whether they represent evidence of dateable prehistorical ritual. The collection includes the rare remains of hundreds of textiles, wooden objects, and copal incense offerings that were preserved in the waters of this limestone sinkhole, as well as the lithics, ceramics and bone and shell artifacts commonly found in Maya burials and caches and about 250 mammalian remains. These objects are remarkable for having been cut, torn, broken, and burned before they were thrown into the green waters of the sacred well at Chichen Itza.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Fascinating reading throughout and a treasure of information, it belongs in all Maya archaelogy collections.
Booknews
This third and final volume on the artifacts dredged by Edward H. Thompson from the Cenote of Sacrifice (or "Sacred Well") of the ancient Mayas reflects the work of faculty and staff of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology (Harvard U.) over the past 80 years. Chapter 1 is a previously unpublished manuscript by Thompson providing a brief descriptive account of the site and its setting and of the Sacrificial Well. The subsequent chapters and appendices are descriptions and analyses of the materials brought up from the depths of the Cenote: textiles, basketry, stone, bone, shell, ceramics, wood, copal, rubber, other organic materials, and mammalian remains. The volume is beautifully produced, with dozens of b&w figures. Distributed by Harvard U. Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873656948
Publisher:
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Peabody Museum Memoirs Series , #10
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 11.88(h) x 0.82(d)

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