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

Author(s): Kirsten Green ; Rosanne Bongiovanni ; Ashley McKeown

Year: 2015

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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, grave type, and structure. Basic frequency and distribution analysis will be performed to illuminate general trends in mortuary behavior. A multivariate analysis will be applied to locate clusters and patterns across the burials. This analysis will allow for critical evaluation of the evolution of mortuary practices throughout time at Cahal Pech.

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Always facing east…except when they’re not: Preliminary analysis of mortuary trends at Cahal Pech, Cayo, Belize. Kirsten Green, Ashley McKeown, Rosanne Bongiovanni. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398267)


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min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America