Stone houses and earth lords : Maya religion in the cave context / edited by Keith M. Prufer and James E. Brady.Material type: TextSeries: Mesoamerican worldsPublisher: Boulder, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, c2005Description: xv, 392 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cmISBN: 0870818082 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9780870818080Subject(s): Mayas -- Religion | Maya cosmology | 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 -- AntiquitiesDDC classification: 972.81/016 LOC classification: F1435.3.R3 | S76 2005Online resources: Table of contents
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: Religion and role of caves in lowland Maya archaeology / Keith M. Prufer and James E. Brady -- Replicating the sacred landscape : the Chen at Muklebal Tzul / Keith M. Prufer and Andrew Kindon -- Caves and artificial caves in late postclassic Maya ceremonial groups / Timothy W. Pugh -- Social power and sacred space at Actun Nak Beh, Belize / Christina T. Halperin -- Pilgrimage and caves on Cozumel / Shankari Patel -- The impact of ritual on ancient Maya economy / James E. Brady -- Scribes and caves in the Maya lowlands / Andrea Stone -- 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 -- Plants and caves in ancient Maya society / Christopher T. Morehart -- The sweatbath in the cave : a modified passage in Chechem Ha Cave, Belize / Holley Moyes -- An analysis of ancient Maya stalactite breakage at Balam Na Cave, Guatemala / James E. Brady ... [et al.] -- De-fanging the earth monster : speleothem transport to surface sites in the Sibun Valley / Polly A. Peterson, Patricia A. McAnany, and Allan B. Cobb -- Showing the way : the function of three small caves in the Sibun-Manatee Karst / Amalia Kenward -- Human remains in lowland Maya caves : problems of interpretation / Ann M. Scott and James E. Brady -- Mortuary practices of the prehistoric Maya from Caves Branch Rock Shelter, Belize / David M. Glassman and Juan Luis Bonor Villarejo -- Nearer to the gods : rockshelter burials from the Ek Xux Valley, Belize / Julie Mather Saul, Keith M. Prufer, and Frank P. Saul -- A question of sacrifice : classic Maya cave mortuary practices at Barton Creek Cave, Belize / Vanessa A. Owen -- What can the bones really tell us? : the study of human skeletal remains from Cenotes / Vera Tiesler -- Maya cave archaeology : a new look at religion and cosmology / James E. Brady and Keith M. Prufer.
Cave archaeology in the New World, now a focus of intense research, was still a peripheral area of inquiry just fifteen years ago. Stone Houses and Earth Lords is the first volume dedicated exclusively to the use of caves in the Maya Lowlands, covering primarily Classic Period archaeology from A.D. 100 through the Spaniards' arrival. Although the caves that riddled the lowlands show no signs of habitation, most contain evidence of human use—evidence that suggests that they functioned as ritual spaces. Demonstrating the importance of these subterranean spaces to Maya archaeology, contributors provide interpretations of archaeological remains that yield insights into Maya ritual and cosmology. Compiling the best current scholarship in this fast-growing area of research, Stone Houses and Earth Lords is a vital reference for Mayanists, Mesoamerican specialists, and others interested in the human use of caves in the New World.