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
Table of ContentsNew Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Postsacrificial Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society: An Introduction.- Funerary or Nonfunerary? New References in Identifying Ancient Maya Sacrificial and Postsacrificial Behaviors from Human Assemblages.- The Creation and Sacrifice of Witches in Classic Maya Society.- Empowered and Disempowered During the Late to Terminal Classic Transition: Maya Burial and Termination Rituals in the Sibun Valley, Belize.- Posthumous Body Treatments and Ritual Meaning in the Classic Period Northern Petén: A Taphonomic Approach.- Human Sacrifice in Late Postclassic Maya Iconography and Texts.- Skeletons, Skulls, and Bones in the Art of Chichén Itzá.- Sacrifice and Ritual Body Mutilation in Postclassical Maya Society: Taphonomy of the Human Remains from Chichén Itzá's Cenote Sagrado.- Sacred Spaces and Human Funerary and Nonfunerary Placements in Champotón, Campeche, During the Postclassic Period.- Human Sacrificial Rites Among the Maya of Mayapán: A Bioarchaeological Perspective.- Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Social Status of Skeletal Remains from Nonfunerary and “Problematical” Contexts.- Victims of Sacrifice: Isotopic Evidence for Place of Origin.- The Bioarchaeology of Maya Sacrifice.