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Osteoarchaeological Perspectives on Maya Mortuary Ritual in the Caves and Rockshelters of Central Belize

Event date: 
7 June 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Wallace Wurth LG02
Open to: 
All
Event Type: 
Seminar
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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.

Enquiries: Natasha Kumar; Natasha.kumar@unsw.edu.au
Stanley Serrafin; s.serafin@unsw.edu.au

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24 July 2019

Room 305, Level 3, Samuels Building, UNSW Upper Campus, Kensington

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