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Children for Chaak: Evidence for Ancient Maya Child Sacrifice

  • 12 Feb 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Oak Creek Country Club, 690 Bell Rock Blvd, Sedona (VOC)

NOTE: This meeting will be at the Oak Creek Country Club, 690 Bell Rock Blvd, Sedona (VOC).

Dr. Jaime J. Awe will present a talk entitled "Children for Chaak: Archaeological, Iconographic and Ethnohistoric Evidence for Ancient Maya Child Sacrifice."

During investigations of Actun Tunichil Muknal, my Western Belize Regional Cave Project recorded the remains of several children. Although some of these remains provided no visible evidence of trauma, we concluded that they represented those of sacrificial victims. While this interpretation has been questioned by some colleagues, I argue here that there is considerable archaeological, iconographic and ethnohistoric evidence that child sacrifice, particularly in association with rain ceremonies, was a tradition of considerable antiquity in Mesoamerica, and especially prevalent during the Terminal Classic period in the Maya lowlands.

Jaime J. Awe Ph.D., is a Belizean archaeologist who specializes in the ancient Maya, and is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and is the Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project.

This talk is free and open to the public.