Human-animal relations in the Maya world

Authored by: Arianne Boileau , Nicolas Delsol , Kitty F. Emery

The Maya World

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  June  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138492837
eBook ISBN: 9781351029582
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Recent research in Maya zooarchaeology underscores the complexity and heterogeneity of human-animal relationships in the Maya world over time. Animals were not a mere source of protein and fat or raw material, but played a part in rituals, crafting, and political economies. Neither were these many animal roles static over time. Here, we review zooarchaeological literature from the past two decades to trace the path of the human-animal relationship from the Archaic period through Spanish contact and into the modern day.

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