Remains from Sacrificed Humans Found in Mayan City

Archaeologists working at Chichen-Itza have uncovered the bones of six human beings in a sink hole. The humans were ritually sacrificed some time between 850-1250 AD. To read more about the find and see some amazing pictures, check out this National Geographic Article.

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My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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2 Responses to Remains from Sacrificed Humans Found in Mayan City

  1. Jim Wheeler says:

    Interesting but not surprising. Variation in human cultures seems almost limitless, but they all seem to me to have two things in common, religion and aggressive behavior. Although not proven that I know of, it seems strongly circumstantial that Homo Sapiens is responsible for the extinctions of numerous species, including the mammoths, the saber-toothed tigers, horses in the new world, and the Neanderthals. We are dangerous.

    • Jennifer Lockett says:

      Yes, and the Maya are known for practicing human sacrifice. This is just one of the few examples (and I believe the only one at Chichen-Itza) uncovered that definitively demonstrate the action under the Classical Maya.

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