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Artifacts from the Cenote of Sacrifice, Chichen Itza, Yucatan

Artifacts from the Cenote of Sacrifice, Chichen Itza, Yucatan

Textiles, Basketry, Stone, Bone, Shell, Ceramics, Wood, Copal, Rubber, other Organic Materials, and Mammalian Remains

Edited by Clemency Chase Coggins

ISBN 9780873656948

Publication date: 10/14/1992

In this abundantly illustrated third and final volume on the artifacts found by Edward H. Thompson in the Well of Sacrifice, specialists analyze the great variety of objects and debate whether they represent evidence of dateable prehistorical ritual. The collection includes the rare remains of hundreds of textiles, wooden objects, and copal incense offerings that were preserved in the waters of this limestone sinkhole, as well as the lithics, ceramics, and bone and shell artifacts commonly found in Maya burials and caches, and about 250 mammalian remains. These objects are remarkable for having been cut, torn, broken, and burned before they were thrown into the green waters of the sacred well at Chichen Itza.


  • Fascinating reading throughout and a treasure of information, it belongs in all Maya archaelogy collections.


Book Details

  • 408 pages
  • 9 x 12 inches
  • Peabody Museum Press
  • Foreword by Gordon R. Willey
  • Appendix by April K. Sievert and Fred Trembour