In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)

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Although the history of the investigation of caves in Mesoamerica goes back some 150 years, little work has been carried out to collate and synthesise the data. Despite the ground-breaking work of J Eric Thompson in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not until the 1980s that cave archaeology came of age in this region. Based on papers given at a session at the 1994 AAA meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, this book brings together a group of scholars working in this feild of study. Together they explore many facets of cave use in pre-Columbian to modern-day Mesoamerica, offering specific site studies as well as theoretical and ethnographically-based papers. Issues of cave morphology, cave use, artefact distributions, spatial layout, identifying ritual behaviour, the archaeology of caves and the use of ethnographic datam are all covered. The papers are split into those focusing on Central Mexico (three papers), Oxaca (two papers) and the Maya region (nine papers).

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JAMES E. BRADY is Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles.

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"This volume on Mesoamerican ritual cave use is a significant achievement on the editors' part and a major contribution to cave research. It is also a landmark in research on religion, ritual, and worldview in Maya studies as a whole." (Journal of Latin American Studies)

"This volume represents a unique contribution to the published data on ritual cave use in Mesoamerica. . . . No other volume includes such a range of sites, materials, or methodological approaches." (Charles Golden, University of Pennsylvania Museum, coeditor of Continuities and Changes in Maya Archaeology: Perspectives at the Millennium)

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