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Dying in the Colonies

Vera Tiesler and Pilar Zabala

in Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial Campeche

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034928
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034928.003.0004
Dying in the Colonies

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This chapter contributes a new perspective on colonial society and its different social and ethnic sectors through the lens of the funerary behavior observed in the churchyard of Campeche's main square. This chapter favors an interdisciplinary approach that combines (ethno)historic, archaeological, and skeletal information, granting special attention to human taphonomy, a research field that reconstructs mortuary behavior through the detailed study of human remains within their burial environment. The last rites express the cycles of life and death as they are experienced by a community and, at the same time, reflect upon long-standing, shared religious values and attitudes about the afterlife.

Keywords: Main Plaza of Campeche; burial; mortuary patterning; churchyard; colonial society; taphonomy

Chapter.  7922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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