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Anthropology Colloquium Series | Andrew Scherer, Brown University

Title: "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ritual Violence among the Ancient Maya", Date: Tues., Jan.17, Location: DeGroote School of Business (DSB), Room 505, Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Jan 10, 2017

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Andrew Scherer, Brown University
Title: "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ritual Violence among the Ancient Maya"
Date: Tuesday, Jan.17
Location: DeGroote School of Business (DSB), Room 505
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

Abstract:

Pre-Columbian Maya (pre-1502) ritual practices encompassed a range of violent acts generally glossed by the catch-all term “sacrifice,” including bloodletting and other forms of self-inflicted injury, staged combat, animal sacrifice, child sacrifice, and the torture and execution of captives. These practices are evident in ancient imagery and text, artifacts, and by traumatic injury observable in human remains from archaeological sites. This presentation will highlight examples of these data, drawing especially from the Scherer’s own (bio)archaeological field and laboratory research, and will discuss the philosophy behind these practices. Central to the Pre-Columbian Maya worldview was an understanding of personal burden and obligation to one’s fellow humans as well as to the ancestors, gods, and other spirit beings.

 

Biography:

Andrew Scherer is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. He is an anthropological archaeologist and biological anthropologist with a geographic focus in Mesoamerica (Maya Area). He co-directs an interdisciplinary archaeological research project that is exploring Classic Maya polities along the Usumacinta River in Mexico. Scherer has conducted bioarchaeological research at Maya sites throughout Mexico and Guatemala, including Piedras Negras, Yaxha, and El Zotz. His research interests include mortuary archaeology, warfare and violence, ritual practice, political practice, diet and subsistence, bioarchaeology, and landscape archaeology.

 

Speaker Series 2016-2017 Schedule:

Feb.14:

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Dr. Brian Boyd, Columbia University
Title:"Making Archaeology Work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories"
Date: Tuesday, Feb 14
Location: Degroote School of Business, Room 505
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm


Mar.7:

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Elysée Nouvet, McMaster University
Title: TBA
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 7
Location: Degroote School of Business, Room 505
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

 

Mar.21:

Anthropology Colloquium Series | TBA
Title: TBA
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 21
Location: Degroote School of Business, Room 505
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

 

Apr.4:

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Faidra Papavasiliou, Georgia State University
Title: "Genetic Enclosures, Genetic Trespasses: Agrobiodiversity and Contestation in Greece Under Crisis and Austerity"
Date: Tuesday,
Location: AN Bourns Science Building, Room A404
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm