Colloquium: Oswaldo Chinchilla, "The Ways of the Death God..."
NOV 15, 2013 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
November 15, 2013: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM
Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center
Oswaldo Chinchilla, Dept. of Anthropology
"The Ways of the Death God: The Ancient Causeways and Bridges of Cotzumalhuapa, Guatemala"
The archaeological study of circulation systems is key for the study of ancient urbanism. The Late Classic city of Cotzumalhuapa, in Pacific Guatemala, illustrates the methodological and interpretive problems posed by their study. A combination of traditional field methods and advanced techniques of geophysical prospection has allowed the documentation of a unique system of causeways and bridges. Their study provides important clues for the study of urbanism, while the monumental sculptures associated with the causeways open questions about their symbolic and religious significance for the inhabitants of one of the largest cities of the Late Classic period (A.D. 650-950) in southern Mesoamerica.