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Mortuary Evidence for Maya Political Resistance and Religious Syncretism in Colonial Belize

Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

in The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038070
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813038070.003.0005
Mortuary Evidence for Maya Political Resistance and Religious Syncretism in Colonial Belize

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This chapter presents the osteobiography of a young man who lived in what is now Belize during the time of Spanish colonial occupation, ca. A.D. 1520 to 1660). Along with another man, he was buried in the ruins of a Mayan palace that had been abandoned for four centuries. The burials combine Christian and Mayan traditions and tell part of the story of indigenous political resistance on the colonial frontier

Keywords: Osteobiography; Chau Hiix; Christian mortuary practice; Maya mortuary practice; Historic Maya; Stable carbon isotopes; Dental enamel hypoplasia; Paleopathology

Chapter.  4691 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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