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Contents List of Illustrations List of Contributors 1. Introduction: Religion and Role of Caves in Lowland Maya Archaeology Keith M. Prufer and James E. Brady Part I. SACRED LANDSCAPE AND ARTIFICIAL CAVES 2. Replicating the Sacred Landscape: The Chen at Muklebal Tzul Keith M. Prufer and Andrew Kindon 3. Caves and Artificial Caves in Late Postclassic Maya Ceremonial Groups Timothy W. Pugh 4. Social Power and Sacred Space at Actun Nak Beh, Belize Christina T. Halperin 5. Pilgrimage and Caves on Cozumel Shankari Patel Part II RECONSTRUCTING RITUAL AND COSMOLOGY 6. The Impact of Ritual on Ancient Maya Economy James E. Brady 7. Scribes and Caves in the Maya Lowlands Andrea Stone 8. Nikte Mo' Scattered Fire in the Cave of K'ab Chante': Epigraphic and Archaeological Evidence for Cave Desecration in Ancient Maya Warfare James E. Brady and Pierre R. Colas 9. Plants and Caves in Ancient Maya Society Christopher T. Morehart 10. The Sweatbath in the Cave: A Modified Passage in Chechem Ha Cave, Belize Holley Moyes 11. An Analysis of Ancient Maya Stalactite Breakage at Balam Na Cave, Guatemala James E. Brady, Allan B. Cobb, Sergio Garza, Cesar Espinosa, and Robert Burnett 12. De-fanging the Earth Monster: Speleothem Transport to Surface Sites in the Sibun Valley Polly A. Peterson, Patricia A. McAnany, and Allan B. Cobb 13. Showing the Way: The Function of Three Small Caves in the Sibun-Manatee Karst Amalia Kenward Part III INTERPRETATIONS OF HUMAN SKELETAL MATERIAL IN CAVES 14. Human Remains in Lowland Maya Caves: Problems of Interpretation Ann M. Scott and James E. Brady 15. Mortuary Practices of the Prehistoric Maya from Caves Branch Rock Shelter, Belize David M. Glassman and Juan Luis Bonor Villarejo 16. Nearer to the Gods: Rockshelter Burials from the Ek Xux Valley, Belize Julie Mather Saul, Keith M. Prufer, and Frank P. Saul 17. A Question of Sacrifice: Classic Maya Cave Mortuary Practices at Barton Creek Cave, Belize Vanessa A. Owen 18. What Can the Bones Really Tell Us? The Study of Human Skeletal Remains from Cenotes Vera Tiesler 19. Maya Cave Archaeology: A New Look at Religion and Cosmology James E. Brady and Keith M. Prufer Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Mayas -- Religion.
Mayas -- Anthropometry.
Caves -- Religious aspects -- Mexico.
Caves -- Religious aspects -- Belize.
Sacred space -- Mexico.
Sacred space -- Belize.
Human remains (Archaeology) -- Mexico.
Human remains (Archaeology) -- Belize.
Mexico -- Antiquities.
Belize -- Antiquities.