SSH Seminar Series: By the Pricking of My… Ancient Maya Blood Sacrifice Using Obsidian Blades
Presented by Dr. James Stemp: Both the functional and ideological aspects of obsidian blades, as objects used to let blood and as symbols of bloodletting, were fundamental to ancient Maya religious rituals. This talk provides an exploration of the relationship between obsidian blades and ancient Maya ritual bloodletting based on archaeological evidence from Actun Uayazba Kab (Handprint Cave) and the site of Pook’s Hill in Western Belize. The development at Keene State College of the methods used to analyze the obsidian blades will also be discussed.
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