Title

Negotiations with the Animate Forest: Hunting Shrines in the Guatemalan Highlands

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Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

Volume Number

15

Issue Number

4

Abstract

Ethnoarchaeological research at highland Maya hunting shrines documents the material remains of interactions between two types of animate beings: humans and the forest. When either active agent enters the others’ domain there are accompanying ceremonial activities to assuage the inherent danger, often leaving physical traces in the material record. These traces, if found in the archaeological record, might reveal similar ancient interactions. Using the material correlates of modern hunting rituals, we explore the utility of ethnoarchaeological research in identifying negotiations with non-human agents associated with the animate forest – an active agent in many societies.

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Article

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-008-9055-7

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