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Aztec Militarism and Blood Sacrifice: The Archaeology and Ideology of Ritual Violence

Author(s): Ruben G Mendoza

Editor(s): Ruben G Mendoza ; R J Chacon

Year: 2007

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J. Whittaker: Revisionist efforts attempt to refute accounts of Aztec sacrifice as “racist, colonialist” etc. But our understanding of large-scale sacrifice not based only on Spanish accounts, also arch evidence of ritual violence - experiments in heart excision, serological study of deposits, forensic analysis of skeletal remains, including numerous sites with evidence of peri-mortem mutilation and cannibalism, 170 crania from tsompantli skull rack at Tlatelolco associated with stone tools used to prep heads, etc.

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Aztec Militarism and Blood Sacrifice: The Archaeology and Ideology of Ritual Violence. Ruben G Mendoza, Ruben G Mendoza, R J Chacon. In Latin American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence. Pp. 34-54. Tucson AZ: University of Arizona Press. 2007 ( tDAR id: 423384)


Atlatl bow & arrow Spear war Weapon

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min long: -117.122; min lat: 14.551 ; max long: -86.739; max lat: 32.718 ;

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Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

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ExArc Id(s): 10195


Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.

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