Archaeology, ritual, ancient maya
Small anthropomorphic figures, most often referred to as “Charlie Chaplins,” appear in ritual deposits throughout the ancient Maya sites of Belize during the late Preclassic and Early Classic Periods and later, throughout the Petén region of Guatemala. Often these figures appear within similar cache assemblages and are carved from “exotic” materials such as shell or jade. This thesis examines the contexts in which these figures appear and considers the wider implications for commonly held ritual practices throughout the Maya lowlands during the Classic Period and the similarities between “Charlie Chaplin” figures and anthropomorphic figures found in ritual contexts outside of the Maya area.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences, Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Lomitola, Lisa M., "Ritual Use Of The Human Form: A Contextual Analysis Of The "charlie Chaplin" Figure In The Maya Lowlands" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2217.