Neuroscience & Non-Communicable Diseases Seminar Series
Speaker: A/Prof Gabriel Wrobel, Michigan State University, USA
Osteoarchaeological investigations of mortuary deposits in caves and rockshelters in the river valleys of west-central Belize have yielded one of the larger and more complex regional skeletal assemblages in the Maya area, providing insights into the lives and deaths of people living in the nearby communities between 900 BCE to 900 CE.
However, archaeologists often disagree about the nature of human remains found deep within some of these caves. Some argue that they are sacrificial victims while others suggest that the caves were used for funerary purposes.
This talk will highlight recent osteoarchaeological research at these sites and will discuss how and why researchers often disagree over their interpretations.
All welcome. Drinks and snacks from 3:30pm, seminar starts, 4pm.