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Man corn : cannibalism and violence in the Prehistoric American Southwest / Christy G. Turner II, Jacqueline A. Turner.

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Subject: Indians of North America > Anthropometry > Southwest, New.
Indians of North America > Southwest, New > Antiquities.
Indians of Mexico > Anthropometry.
Indians of Mexico > Antiquities.
Human remains (Archaeology) > Southwest, New.
Human remains (Archaeology) > Mexico.
Cannibalism > Southwest, New.
Cannibalism > Mexico.
Southwest, New > Antiquities.
Mexico > Antiquities.
Indiens d'Amérique > États-Unis (Nouveau Sud-Ouest) > Antiquités.
Indiens d'Amérique > Mexique > Antiquités.
Cannibalisme > États-Unis (Nouveau Sud-Ouest)
Cannibalisme > Mexique.
Restes humains (Archéologie) > États-Unis (Nouveau Sud-Ouest)
Restes humains (Archéologie) > Mexique.
Restes d'animaux (Archéologie) > États-Unis (Nouveau Sud-Ouest)
Restes d'animaux (Archéologie) > Mexique.
États-Unis (Nouveau Sud-Ouest) > Antiquités.
Mexique > Antiquités.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0585134499
  • ISBN: 9780585134499
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (547 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, ©1999.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 507-536) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Introduction: Studying Southwestern Cannibalism -- 2. Interpreting Human Bone Damage: Taphonomic, Ethnographic, and Archaeological Evidence -- 3. Taphonomic Evidence for Cannibalism and Violence in the American Southwest: Seventy-Six Sites -- 4. Comparative Evidence: Cannibalism and Human Body Processing in Mexico -- 5. Conclusion: Explaining Southwestern Cannibalism.
Summary: Until quite recently Southwest prehistory studies have largely missed or ignored evidence of violent competition. Christy and Jacqueline Turner's study of prehistoric violence, homicide, and cannibalism explodes the myth that the Anasazi and other Southwest Indians were simple, peaceful farmers. Using detailed osteological and forensic analyses, plus other lines of evidence, the Turners show that warfare, violence, and their concomitant horrors were as common in the ancient Southwest as anywhere else in the world. More than seventy-five archaeological sites containing several hundred individual remains are carefully examined for the cannibalism signature. Because this signature has not been reported for any sites north of Mexico, other than those in the Southwest, the authors also present detailed comparisons with Mesoamerican skeletal collections where human sacrifice and cannibalism were known to have been practiced. The authors review several hypotheses for Southwest cannibalism: starvation, social pathology, and institutionalized violence and cannibalism. In the latter case, they present evidence for a potential Mexican connection and demonstrate that most of the known cannibalized series are located temporally and spatially near Chaco great houses.
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Note: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Action Note: digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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