Rethinking Human Sacrifice at Teotihuacan

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Rethinking Human Sacrifice at Teotihuacan

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Rethinking Human Sacrifice at Teotihuacan
Author: Hemelaar, Juliette
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Teotihuacan
Visual culture
Human remains
Burial complexes
Murals
Hearts
Human sacrifice
Colonial bias
Abstract: The city of Teotihuacan is located in central Mexico and is well known for its monumental lay-out and large pyramids. As is the case with most Mesoamerican cultures, the subject of human sacrifice has played a large role in the research done into the site. This thesis first provides the reader with information about the site of Teotihuacan and the discussion about human sacrifice in the wider Mesoamerican region. The issues with colonial sources and definition will be discussed. What follows is a critical assessment of the evidence that has been put forth to support the existence of human sacrifice at Teotihuacan. This evidence is divided in two types: visual culture and human remains. The visual culture section focuses on two murals and the iconography of hearts. The human remains section focuses on the burial complexes of the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, Moon Pyramid and Sun Pyramid. The conclusion includes both a summary of the findings and a warning for possible biases in Mesoamerican archaeology.
Supervisor: Jansen, Prof. dr. M.E.R.G.N.
Faculty: Faculty of Archaeology
Department: Archeologie (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Archaeology of the Americas
ECTS Credits: 9
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51257
 

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