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Kukulcan's Realm

Urban Life at Ancient Mayapán

by Marilyn A. Masson and Carlos Peraza Lope
Kukulcan's Realm chronicles the fabric of socioeconomic relationships and religious practice that bound the Postclassic Maya city of Mayapán's urban residents together for nearly three centuries. Presenting results of ten years of household archaeology at the city, including field research and laboratory analysis, the book discusses the social, political, economic, and ideological makeup of this complex urban center.

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Remembering the Dead in the Ancient Near East

Recent Contributions from Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Archaeology

by Benjamin W. Porter (ed.) and Alexis T. Boutin (ed.)
"This important and innovative volume presents an unusual confluence of bioarchaeological, mortuary, and historical data analyses in order to provide an integrated approach to the study of the dead in the ancient Near East. Included are creative reconsiderations of the nature of burial, both for humans and nonhumans, the recognition of ethnicity in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, and genetic relations in Early Bronze Age Jordan. Other new ideas and approaches include consideration of disabled persons in antiquity (and in the present day) and a reinterpretation of "grave robbing" in ancient Egypt. The volume stands apart in its insistent focus on the nonelite, in contrast to the attention usually devoted to royal and elite burials in places like Egypt and Mesopotamia. As a signpost toward the directions Near Eastern bioarchaeology is taking, Remembering the Dead in the Ancient Near East will be extremely valuable for all interested in the archaeological study of the dead."
—Glenn Schwartz, The Johns Hopkins University

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