September 28, 2010

14,882 Human Skeletal Fragments

A discussion on the Archaeology magazine blog by Heather Pringle about how archaeological interpretation follows cultural concerns--war, environmental destruction, climate, whatever--using the long-hushed-up evidence of group violence among the Ancestral Puebloans (a.k.a. Anasazi) of the American Southwest.

My response is in the comments.


Darrell said...

I wonder if it was long hushed up because the Pueblo indians take great offense to their ancestors being thought of as cannibals?

I've read speculation that the cannibals were Aztecs, come up from Mexico way. It's undeniable that many of the Anasazi ruins were built with defense in mind.

Steve Bodio said...

I think I have told you a tale of a Park Service cover up.