The 2016-2017 Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series

Fri. December 2 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The 2016-2017 Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series

Please join us for the December talk in the 2016-2017 Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series!
Friday December 2nd, 3-4 PM, DFA 2.204
"Sacred Places, E-Groups, and Ancestors: The Emergence of Kingship in the Belize River Valley" by Dr. M. Kathryn Brown, University of Texas at San Antonio

Free and open to the public


Abstract:

Recent archaeological investigations coupled with LiDAR have shown that the ancient Maya site of Xunantunich, Belize had two separate ceremonial centers, one of which dates to the Preclassic period. This location, dubbed Early Xunantunich, was composed of three plazas, an E-Group complex, and a large, flat-topped platform. This early ceremonial center was also associated with a hilltop shrine and a small round platform within the nearby hinterland settlement zone. The presence of a relatively large Preclassic ceremonial center adds significantly to our understanding of the early social and political landscape of this region. This presentation highlights the importance of early ritual practices associated with sacred places, E-Groups, and ancestor veneration and how these practices supported the emergence of kingship within the Belize River valley.

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

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