The Symbolism and Technology of Classic Maya Tomb Debitage from El Peru-Waka


This is an abstract from the "Ceremonial Lithics of Mesoamerica: New Understandings of Technology, Distribution, and Symbolism of Eccentrics and Ritual Caches in the Maya World and Beyond" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Obsidian blades and related debitage from four elite tombs recently excavated at El Peru-Waka have the potential to answer the question of why and how the ancient Maya placed this material above, around, and sometimes within the burial chambers of the Classic Maya elite. We explore how this debitage may have been considered a ceremonial class of lithic rather than what archaeologists might typically consider nothing more than manufacturing waste. Special attention is paid to the detailed technological analyses of obsidians from four distinct tomb contexts; the first analysis of its kind.

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The Symbolism and Technology of Classic Maya Tomb Debitage from El Peru-Waka. David McCormick, Zachary Hruby, Olivia Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich, Keith Eppich. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450425)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.197; min lat: 16.004 ; max long: -86.682; max lat: 21.984 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25569