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Always facing east…except when they’re not: Preliminary analysis of mortuary trends at Cahal Pech, Cayo, Belize (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 398267] Kirsten Green. Ashley McKeown. Rosanne Bongiovanni.

Mortuary patterns and practices change over time and it is the goal of this poster to present preliminary analysis of the evolution of mortuary behavior of the Maya. This poster examines different variables pertaining to mortuary practices of the Maya throughout the Classic and Terminal Classic time periods at the core site of Cahal Pech in San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize. The analysis focuses on burial position, orientation, presence or absence of grave goods, temporal period, burial type,...


Ancestors and Ancestral Spirits: Understanding the Spirits of the Dead in Prehispanic Settlements of the American Southeast and Southwest (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 398328] M Thompson.

This paper addresses the social memories and identities of the spirits of the dead in the Prehispanic American Southeast and Southwest to consider their involvement in socio-political affairs. I argue that archaeology can begin to identify different kinds of spirits in the mortuary record, and that these spirits play different, unique roles in respective communities. I describe an effort to recognize ancestors, ancestral spirits, and/or collective groups of the dead in a Mississippian period...


Archaeological Survey of the Central Darby Creek River Drainage, Franklin and Madison Counties, Ohio (1980)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 17166] William S. Dancey. Dee Anne Wymer. Robert Waterworth.

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The Archaeology of Souls: A Foundation through Systematic Survey of Historic Woodland and Plains Native American Soul Concepts (2016)

DOCUMENT [ID: 405029] Brianna Rafidi. Christopher Carr. Mary Kupsch.

The potential for accurately reconstructing prehistoric Woodland and Plains Indian societies’ notions of human soul-like essences using symbolically rich mortuary remains and art can be improved when analogous, comparative ethnohistorical information is collected systematically and with sensitivity to tribal and regional variations. Literature on 49 historic Woodland-Plains tribes produced 643 cases informing on nine selected subjects: number and locations of souls in an individual, number of...


Archaic Hunters and Gatherers In the American Midwest (1983)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 81270] James L. Phillips. James A. Brown.

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Archaic Mortuary Sites In the Central Mississippi Drainage: Distribution, Structure, and Behavioral Implications (1983)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 81440] Douglas K. Charles. Jane E. Buikstra.

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Biological and Social Analyses of a Mississippian Cemetery From Southeast Missouri: the Turner Site, 23Bu21a (1979)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 79028] Thomas K. III Black.

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Color patterns and aspects of significance in the Paracas Necropolis (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 403319] Ann Peters.

Anne Paul (1998) observed that the Paracas Necropolis embroiderers seem to explore all possible color repeat patterns in their mantle design. At the same time, a few dominant color combinations recur throughout the assemblage. Like speech, color is a system of difference, hues perceived relationally through contrast with those adjacent. Dyed color is produced by chemical processes on natural fiber with pre-existing tones, and changes over time in diverse environmental conditions. These factors...


Cross-Cultural Examination of Mortuary Practices of the Southern Sinagua and Prescott Culture (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 405072] Francesca Neri.

The burials from the Oak Creek Valley Pueblo and the Dewey Archaeological sites provide data for interpreting the mortuary practices and burial rituals of the Southern Sinagua and Prescott cultures. The variability exhibited in the burials uncovered at these sites, which include the remains of an adult male, two adult females, infant burials, and one dog, allows for an examination of mortuary practices as they relate to social structure and the role of children, symbolism, environmental...


Culture and its varations - A community focused study of Siwa and Western Zhou cemeteries in Gansu (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 403282] Yitzchak Jaffe.

For his last SAA paper, Professor Chen Pochan talked about the Dian Yangfutou cemetery in Yunnan. He presented the results of an analysis that provided new meaning on its social structure. The Dian culture was an important entity on the periphery of the Warring States and early Han world, but apart from several references in Chinese historical documents little is known, but much is assumed, about them. Chen's study complemented previous Dian mortuary research with site-specific practices in...


Death and the Origin of Enduring Social Relations (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431155] Rosemary Joyce.

Knowledge of Formative Period Mesoamerican archaeological sites often comes from narrow windows into buried sites. One feature has been a partial exception to this rule: burials. Groups of Formative Period burials, often accompanied by objects, have been recovered in many parts of Mesoamerica. Using models of mortuary treatment that saw burials as reflecting individual identity, burials provided one of the first ways researchers could examine the emergence of stratification within these...


Food offerings and feasting in Bronze Age burial contexts from the Körös region, Hungary (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404300] Kayla Pio. John Marston.

While the collection and analysis of paleoethnobotanical material is increasingly common in settlement excavations, it still remains rare in burial contexts. Botanical material from cemeteries can provide important insights into mortuary practices and associative beliefs about the afterlife for investigated populations. Charred food remains may indicate food offerings or feasting around the burial site, as well as social inequality or aspects of the deceased’s personal identity. In the case of...


The Hardin Village site (1966)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 86260] Lee H. Hanson.

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Hawikku and Kechiba:wa Mortuary Data: Inhumation Body Treatment Raw Data and Multiple Correspondence Analysis Scores (2013)

DATASET [ID: 391948] M Scott Thompson. Todd L. Howell. Keith Kintigh. Brenda Shears.

In the dissertation titled "Interactions with the Incorporeal in the Mississippian and Ancestral Puebloan Worlds," the author analyzed the Hawikku and Kechiba:wa Mortuary Data: Inhumation Body Treatment data set in an examination of the performance of mortuary ritual at Protohistoric period Zuni villages. The analysis of body treatment and the larger consideration of mortuary ritual were designed to understand the identities of the spirits of the dead in Mississippian period villages of the...


Health and Mortuary Analysis of the Transbay skeleton (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 396959] Christina Alonso.

During the 2014 geothermal trenching for the Transbay Transit Center Project, a single burial was uncovered at approximately 1.8 meters below existing sea level, encased in estuarian clay. This anaerobic clay preserved the bone and associated artifacts almost perfectly. Radiocarbon dating placed this burial at ~7590 years BP, making it one of the oldest burials within the region. The young adult male was wrapped in a woven fibrous mat with numerous wood artifacts surrounding the legs and...


IDENTITY, PRESENCE AND POLITICAL RELATIONSHIPS IN THE MORTUARY RITUALS OF PARACAS NECRÓPOLIS (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 396706] Ann Peters.

Does a Paracas Necropolis mortuary bundle represent the identity of the individual at its core, those who honored that person, or a broader social network? Extraordinary aspects of these mortuary bundles include the quantity and quality of the layered garments and their diverse styles and imagery. Data related to their production indicates their origin in many different communities directly engaged in textile production, agriculture and herding, as well as the management of natural resources...


Illuminating identity with mortuary features at Slade Ruin (AZ Q:15:1 [ASM]), a Pueblo III site in east-central Arizona (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 397622] Rachael Byrd. Alice Garcia.

Aggregation characteristic of prehistoric east-central Arizona archaeological sites influenced residential and regional identities during the Pueblo III (1100-1300 A.D.) period. Some aspects of these identities can be explored by focusing on mortuary feature and osteological data. In 1991, a total of 101 burial features were mapped and excavated at Slade Ruin (AZ Q:15:1 [ASM]) located on private land in Eager, Arizona to avoid contamination from a nearby hydrocarbon spill. This cemetery sample...


Interactions with the Incorporeal in the Mississippian and Ancestral Puebloan Worlds

PROJECT [ID: 380979] Uploaded by: M Scott Thompson

This research explores how people’s relationships with the spirits of the dead are embedded in political histories. It addresses the ways in which certain spirits were integral “inhabitants” of two social environments with disparate political traditions. Using the prehistoric mortuary record, this study investigate the spirits and their involvement in socio-political affairs in the Prehispanic American Southeast and Southwest. Foremost, this research constructs a framework to characterize...


Juvenile Death and Ancestor Veneration: Comparing Child Burials of the Preclassic Maya at K’axob and Cuello, Belize (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 397423] Michael Walters. Rebecca Storey.

Recently, children have been a growing focus of mortuary analysis as archaeologists have been interested in how past societies responded to childhood mortality. This study is a comparative analysis of two Preclassic Maya sites, K’axob and Cuello, and the child burials, 25 and 19 burials respectively. The age ranges of the individuals are infant, child, and adolescent. Placement of the burial, burial offerings, type of grave, and other variables are analyzed to determine how children were...


Mortuary analysis of juvenile burials in the sacristy of a Spanish colonial reducción in the southern highlands of Peru (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 432080] Karissa Deiter. Sara L. Juengst. Manuel Angel Mamani. Antonio Villaseñor-Marchal.

Mortuary practices at Spanish colonial sites in Latin America varied in terms of burial location, style of burial, and associated grave goods. Understanding burial practices is one way to investigate shifting identities, conversion to Catholicism, and the degree of control over and involvement of priests in daily life at colonial sites. The mortuary practices at the reducción (planned colonial town) of Santa Cruz de Tuti (today known as Mawchu Llacta, Colca Valley, Peru) reveal nuanced insights...


New Perspectives on Casas Grandes Mortuary Practices: (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 396637] Kyle Waller. Gordon Rakita.

The diversity of Casas Grandes mortuary practices has often been cited as strong evidence for hierarchy and political centralization at Paquimé. Initial mortuary analyses argued that variability in grave furniture, corpse treatment, and burial location represented the social identity of the deceased. A central finding of these analyses was that mortuary variability cross-cut age and sex categories, supporting inferences of ascribed vertical status differentiation. In this study, we use recent...


Prehistoric Community Patterns: Subsurface Definitions (1982)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 81400] Michael J. O'Brien. Robert E. Warren.

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Scioto Hopewell Concepts of Soul-Like Essences in Humans: Mortuary Evidence in Light of Historic Woodland and Plains Native American Concepts (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404508] Heather Smyth. Christopher Carr.

Scioto Hopewell conceptions of soul-like essences in humans are evident in the systematic placements of grave goods of particular kinds at particular bodily locations of inhumations, and with insights from comparative information on historic Woodland and Plains Native Americans. Analysis of 284 burials from 11 Scioto Hopewell cemeteries indicates a recognition of one "free" journeying soul and multiple "body" souls; their bodily residences, locations of exit upon death, and likely directions...


Shaft Tombs in the Caddo World (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404654] Michael Walters.

Shaft tombs are an interesting McCurtain Phase (1300-1700 ACE) mortuary ritual in the Caddo region. The tombs are dug into the center of preexisting mounds and around 8-10 individuals are supine, primarily interred, and facing the same direction. The shaft tombs could have been constructed as a revitalization ceremony after a period of abandonment from a site. Alternatively, the tombs could have functioned as a termination event at the end of an occupation for these sites. However, the purpose...


Subadult Human Sacrifices in Midnight Terror Cave (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404281] Michael Prout.

Children throughout Mesoamerica were preferred sacrificial victims, especially to water deities. Because caves were associated with rain, ethnohistoric sources mention the sacrifice of children in caves. The importance of children in sacrifice was documented early on by Edward Thompson’s dredging of the Cenote of Sacrifice at Chichen Itza. More recently archaeological investigations of caves have recovered and identified the skeletal remains of children that have been interpreted as sacrificial...

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