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By KAZOU AOY AMA, Faculty of Humanities, Ibaraki University RESUMEN:Este artículo presenta la metodología y los resulta- dos de un análisis de microhuellas de uso sobre la lí- tica menor de obsidiana en la Cueva Gordon no 3 en la zona rural del Valle de Copán (Honduras) utilizando un microscopio metalúrgico de gran aumento. Dicho aná- lisis sugiere que los plebeyos mayas usaron dichos artefactos de obsidiana para sacrificios de pequeños animales y en ritos de autosacrificio durante el perío- do Clásico. Palabras clave: plebeyos mayas, ritos, cuevas mayas, Copán, análisis de microhuellas de uso en obsidiana. ABSTRACT:This paper presents the methodology and the re- sults of a microwear analysis on obsidian chipped sto- ne artifacts from Gordon's Cave # 3 in the rural zone of the Copán Valley (Honduras) using a high-power me- tallurgical microscope. The analysis suggests that the Maya commoners utilized these obsidian tools for blo- od sacrifice of small animals and autosacrificial blo- odletting during the Classic period. Key words: Maya commoners, rituals, Maya caves, Copán (Honduras), microwear analysis on obsidian chipped stone artifacts. Open Access - Permission by Author(s) See Extended description for more information.

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