Social identity and geographic origin of Maya burials at Actun Uayazba Kab, Roaring Creek Valley, Belize

Social identity and geographic origin of Maya burials at Actun Uayazba Kab, Roaring Creek Valley, Belize

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Social identity and geographic origin of Maya burials at Actun Uayazba Kab, Roaring Creek Valley, Belize
Series Title:
Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
Wrobel, Gabriel D.
Freiwald, Carolyn
Michael, Amy
Helmke, Christophe
Awe, Jaime
Kennett, Douglas J.
Gibbs, Sherry
Ferguson, Josalyn M.
Griffith, Cameron
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Caves ( lcsh )
Taphonomy ( lcsh )
Funeral rites and ceremonies ( lcsh )
serial ( sobekcm )


Bioarchaeological investigations at Actun Uayazba Kab (AUK), in west-central Belize, sought to characterize the nature of the site’s mortuary use by reconstructing aspects of social identity. Skeletal analyses provided data related to the age, sex, health, diet, and geographic origins of individuals buried within the rockshelter-like entrance to AUK. Changes in the site’s ritual use were contextualized with current archaeological data from the surrounding region, demonstrating that burial activity was initiated in the Late Preclassic and was likely by a local kin group. Cessation of primary burial sometime around the 3rd century AD generally coincides with the construction of monumental civic-ceremonial architecture in the area, after which activity at the site appears to have shifted to rituals pertaining to the propitiation of rain. While small cave and rockshelter sites typically receive little research attention in Mesoamerica, the data from AUK illustrate how ritual activities at small, non-elite sites are indeed dynamic and can inform broader models of social and political organization.
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Volume 45

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