Mortuary Practices Among Ancient Mesoamerican Indigenous Groups

Madeline Fasel Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Faculty Sponsor(s): Sue Hyatt Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Mesoamerican burials are more recently being looked at under a bioarchaeological scope. Archaeologists have often looked at burials, but as more begin to arise in this part of the world, the need for these bioarchaeologists is rising. Burials are often overlooked in regards to context and what they bring to the knowledge of a culture in this area, as most address the artifacts more than the bodies themselves. As more burials are being discovered, it is important to look at some of the different types of burials, especially residential ones. Residential burials in Mesoamerica rely heavily on group identity when it comes to their construction and planning. Individuals are represented, but it is within the group context. They are marking the deceased as members of their own specific houses. These tombs are being reused for their own dead, making it difficult and nearly impossible to label them as being primary or secondary. The absence of children in some contexts is equally as important as their inclusion, both in the archaeological field and in the work that comes after. Child burials are often overlooked by archaeologists, both on the field and in their work. However, these burials can give greater detail into group identity and how they are viewed in society.
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Irwin Library Lower Level