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- DescriptionFrom the tombs of the elite to the graves of commoners, mortuary remains offer rich insights into Classic Maya society. In Mortuary Landscapes of the Classic Maya: Rituals of Body and Soul, the anthropological archaeologist and bioarchaeologist Andrew K. Scherer explores the broad range of burial practices among the Maya of the Classic period (AD 250-900), integrating information gleaned from his own fieldwork with insights from the fields of icography, epigraphy, and ethgraphy to illuminate this society's rich funerary traditions. Scherer's study of burials along the Usumacinta River at the Mexican-Guatemalan border and in the Central Peten region of Guatemala-areas that include Piedras Negras, El Kinel, Tecolote, El Zotz, and Yaxha-reveals commonalities and differences among royal, elite, and commoner mortuary practices. By analyzing skeletons containing dental and cranial modifications, as well as the adornments of interred bodies, Scherer probes Classic Maya conceptions of body, wellness, and the afterlife. Scherer also moves beyond the body to look at the spatial orientation of the burials and their integration into the architecture of Maya communities. Taking a unique interdisciplinary approach, the author examines how Classic Maya deathways can expand our understanding of this society's beliefs and traditions, making Mortuary Landscapes of the Classic Maya an important step forward in Mesoamerican archeology.
- Author BiographyAndrew Scherer is an assistant professor of anthropology at Brown University. He is coauthor of Revisiting Maler's Usumacinta: Recent Archaeological Investigations in Chiapas, Mexico.
- Author(s)Andrew K. Scherer
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication02/01/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleThe Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note19 color and 99 b&w photos, 104 figures, 20 maps
- Weight1191 g
- Width224 mm
- Height284 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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