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Aztec Militarism and Blood Sacrifice: The Archaeology and Ideology of Ritual Violence

TitleAztec Militarism and Blood Sacrifice: The Archaeology and Ideology of Ritual Violence
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMENDOZA, R. G.
EditorCHACON, R. J., and R. G. MENDOZA
Book TitleLatin American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence
CityTucson AZ
PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
Pages34-54
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN Number978-0816525270
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Revisionist efforts attempt to refute accounts of Aztec sacrifice as “racist, colonialist” etc. But our understanding of large-scale sacrifice not based only on Spanish accounts, also arch evidence of ritual violence - experiments in heart excision, serological study of deposits, forensic analysis of skeletal remains, including numerous sites with evidence of peri-mortem mutilation and cannibalism, 170 crania from tsompantli skull rack at Tlatelolco associated with stone tools used to prep heads, etc.

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