Before Kukulkán : bioarchaeology of Maya life, death, and identity at Classic Period Yaxuná / Vera Tiesler, Andrea Cucina, Travis W. Stanton and David A. Freidel ; foreword by Traci Ardren.

By: Tiesler, VeraContributor(s): Cucina, Andrea | Stanton, Travis W | Freidel, David A | Ardren, TraciMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2017Description: 1 online resource (343 p.)ISBN: 9780816537433; 0816537437Subject(s): Mayas -- Antiquities | Mayas -- Yucatán Peninsula -- Social life and customs | Excavations (Archaeology) -- Mexico -- Yaxuná SiteAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Before Kukulkán : Bioarchaeology of Maya Life, Death, and Identity at Classic Period YaxunáDDC classification: 305.897/427 LOC classification: F1435.1.Y89 | T57 2017Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Foreword by Traci Ardren; Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Bioarchaeology of Yaxuná; Part I. Living at Yaxuná; 1. Yaxuná in Context; 2. Individual Movement, Migration, and Population Dynamics in the Northern Maya Lowlands; 3. Growing Up in Yaxuná: Demography, Lifestyle, and Health in a Classic Period Capital; 4. Foodways, Diet, and Nutrition; 5. Physical Embodiment and Social Identities at Yaxuná; Part II. Yaxunáâ#x80;#x99;s Dead; 6. Passing, Mourning, and Procuring Permanence; 7. Eternal Performance: The Royal Tombs
8. Feeding the Gods in Yaxuná: Sacrifice and Human Caches9. The Cycling of an Era: Chichén Itzá and the Decline of Yaxuná; Notes; References
Summary: "A significant look at Maya life prior to Chichen Itzá during the Classic Period in the Yucatan"--Provided by publisher.
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Foreword by Traci Ardren; Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Bioarchaeology of Yaxuná; Part I. Living at Yaxuná; 1. Yaxuná in Context; 2. Individual Movement, Migration, and Population Dynamics in the Northern Maya Lowlands; 3. Growing Up in Yaxuná: Demography, Lifestyle, and Health in a Classic Period Capital; 4. Foodways, Diet, and Nutrition; 5. Physical Embodiment and Social Identities at Yaxuná; Part II. Yaxunáâ#x80;#x99;s Dead; 6. Passing, Mourning, and Procuring Permanence; 7. Eternal Performance: The Royal Tombs

8. Feeding the Gods in Yaxuná: Sacrifice and Human Caches9. The Cycling of an Era: Chichén Itzá and the Decline of Yaxuná; Notes; References

"A significant look at Maya life prior to Chichen Itzá during the Classic Period in the Yucatan"--Provided by publisher.

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The ancient Maya city of Yaxuná, in the center of Yucatán, Mexico, is the focus of this technically challenging book. Yaxuná started as a small village at about 1000 BCE, and grew into a sizeable city during the Classic period (250-900 CE). It was invaded and crushed by the nearby mega-city of Chichén Itzá in the eighth century. Two of the authors are specialists in skeletal analyses, and they explore the health, diet, life style, and diseases of all classes: commoners, occupational specialists, and the ruling elites. They use the stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, strontium, and oxygen preserved in human bones to understand those phenomena. Unfortunately their sample size is small, a couple dozen, so they include burials from other Maya sites to try to make their coverage regional. They also attempt to understand individuals as social actors in a changing society, and they explore issues of identity. The authors present intriguing aspects, such as that the first Maya king apparently was a foreigner. Also, an ambitious queen from the site of Cobá constructed the longest causeway in the New World, all the way to Yaxuná, 62 miles away. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Faculty/professionals. --Payson Sheets, University of Colorado

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Vera Tiesler is a research professor for the College of Anthropological Sciences at the Autonomous University of Yucatán. She is the co-editor of Janaab' Pakal of Palenque: Reconstructing the Life and Death of a Maya Ruler and New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Ritual Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society , and author of The Bioarchaeology of Artificial Cranial Modification: New Approaches to Head Shaping and Its Meanings in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and Beyond .

Andrea Cucina is an associate professor at the Autonomous University of Yucatán. He is the co-editor of Janaab' Pakal of Palenque: Reconstructing the Life and Death of a Maya Ruler and New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Ritual Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society .

Travis W. Stanton is an associate professor and department chair at the University of California, Riverside, where he co-directs the PIPCY project currently ongoing at the site of Yaxuná. He is co-editor of Ruins of the Past: The Use and Perception of Abandoned Structures in the Maya Lowlands and Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare .

David A. Freidel is a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He was the principal investigator of the Selz Foundation Yaxuná Project.

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