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Baak: The Qualities and Craft of Ancient Maya Bone
November 14 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Mellon Decade Fellow Andrew K. Scherer presents, “Baak: The Qualities and Craft of Ancient Maya Bone.”
This illustrated lecture explores the materiality of human and animal bone among the Pre-Columbian Maya (ca. 400 BCE to 1502 CE). The importance of bone as craft material is apparent not only in the wide range of objects made from bone, but also the broader discourse of bone in ancient text and image.
Andrew K. Scherer is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. He is author of Mortuary Landscapes of the Classic Maya: Rituals of Body and Soul, co-editor of Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes (with John Verano) and co-editor of Smoke, Flame, and the Human Body in Mesoamerican Ritual Practice (forthcoming, with Vera Tiesler). At the Clark he is working on his next book, Baak: The Qualities and Craft of Ancient Maya Bone. The project is a study of the materiality of human and animal bone among the Pre-Columbian Maya (ca. 400 BC to AD 1502).