2207 - The Longue Durée of Mortuary Ritual in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The way prehistoric people treated dead members of their communities has tremendous potential for illuminating the social and ideological frameworks of these now long gone societies. This is especially true of the ancient cultures of Chihuahua, Mexico where the natural environment has contributed to excellent preservation of human remains and the material culture of funerary practices. In this paper I examine the longue durée pattern of mortuary practices in Chihuahua, Mexico. I pay particular attention to broad patterns of regional continuity, instances or periods of significant change, and generalized levels of complexity in mortuary rites.

Keywords: mortuary ritual, Chihuahua, bioarchaeology

Author: Rakita, Gordon (University of North Florida, Ud States of Am / USA)


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