The Late Classic Drought Cult: Ritual Activity as a Response to Environmental Stress among the Ancient Maya


Holley Moyes


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Cult in Context: Reconsidering Ritual in Archaeology


Beginning in the 1970’s there has been a steadily increasing number of archaeological, iconographic, and epigraphic studies regarding ancient Mesoamerican caves (Brady and Prufer 2005). The most important collective finding of these studies is the establishment of caves as sacred space and their almost exclusive use as ritual venues by Pre-Columbian people (Brady 1989; Stone 1995). While studies have been important in the establishment of caves as ritual space there has been little or no research that identifies temporal changes in ritual cave usage. Practice theory provides a broad framework in which to conduct such a study.

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