the bioarchaeology of human sacrifice
The May 30th issue of Science features an article about how bioanthropological techniques are contributing to our understanding of the practice of human sacrifice. The Penn Museum's own excavations at Ur are featured prominently, as recent analysis of the remains discovered there revealed evidence of trauma, countervailing the excavators' original poisoning theory. The CT scan at left shows one of the analyzed skulls with evidence of trauma.
The article also ties in to the Maya 2012: Lords of Time exhibit, on now through January 13th here at the Penn Museum. Click here to see Loa Traxler, Maya 2012 curator, discuss human sacrifice among the Maya.