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Public Space and Sacrifice in Midnight Terror Cave

Publication date: Mar 11, 2014 7:16:57 AM

Start: Mar 21, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Public Space and Sacrifice in Midnight Terror Cave

James E. Brady (California State University) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's Mesoamerican Study Group on 21 March.

Midnight Terror Cave in Belize was named by Mennonites who were called in the middle of the night to rescue a badly injured looter who had fallen from a slippery ledge and plunged into the cave’s depths.  When the Belizean Institute of Archaeology investigated, they found more human skeletons than had ever been reported from a Maya cave.  Dr James Brady has just completed a three year investigation of Midnight Terror Cave. He will talk about his findings, and his views about human sacrifice among the Maya.

Dr Brady joined the Cal State, LA Anthropology Department in 1998. He is widely recognized as having founded the self-conscious sub-discipline of Mesoamerican Cave Archaeology. His research interests include the role of ideology in complex societies, cultural landscapes, religion, cave use, and archaeological method and theory.

All welcome!

The seminar will be followed by a reception.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Elizabeth Graham.