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Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial CampecheHistory and Archaeology$
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Vera Tiesler, Pilar Zabala, and Andrea Cucina

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034928

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034928.001.0001

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Dying in the Colonies

Dying in the Colonies

Death, Burial, and Mortuary Patterning in Campeche's Main Plaza

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Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial Campeche

Vera Tiesler

Pilar Zabala

University Press of Florida

This chapter contributes a new perspective on colonial society and its different social and ethnic sectors through the lens of the funerary behavior observed in the churchyard of Campeche's main square. This chapter favors an interdisciplinary approach that combines (ethno)historic, archaeological, and skeletal information, granting special attention to human taphonomy, a research field that reconstructs mortuary behavior through the detailed study of human remains within their burial environment. The last rites express the cycles of life and death as they are experienced by a community and, at the same time, reflect upon long-standing, shared religious values and attitudes about the afterlife.

Keywords:   Main Plaza of Campeche, burial, mortuary patterning, churchyard, colonial society, taphonomy

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