Obsidian Blade Caches from the 8N-11 Group of Las Sepulturas, Copan, Honduras

Author(s): Jorge Ramos; Zachary Hruby; Xinwei Li

Year: 2019


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.

Ongoing excavations in Structures 69C and 70W in the 8N-11 group of Las Sepulturas have uncovered pressure blade caches of great complexity and size. While blade caches are relatively common at Copan, these caches were excavated with an eye for context and technology. Careful recording of the relative positions of these blades, as well as a detailed technological analysis reveals previously unrecognized symbolic patterns in their deposition. We discuss the method of excavation and recording of the blades, symbolic meaning and explain the processes of production that must have occurred to create these caches.

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Obsidian Blade Caches from the 8N-11 Group of Las Sepulturas, Copan, Honduras. Jorge Ramos, Zachary Hruby, Xinwei Li. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450431)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 26243