What's on: Night Talk: Aztec Funerary Customs

Join anthropologist Stan Serafin for a discussion of Aztec funerary methods and their relationship to their concepts of the soul and afterlife.

Night Talk: Aztec Funerary Customs

Night Talk: Aztec Funerary Customs
Photographer: Belinda Rolland © Australian Museum

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Event Type:
Special event
9 October 2014 to 9 October 2014
06.30 PM to 07.45 PM
Australian Museum, entry via William St
$30 ($20 Members)

About the talk

The Aztecs practised complex and diverse treatments of the dead, such as wrapping in bundles, interment under residences and in cemeteries, and cremation. Anthropologist Stan Serafin discusses these funerary methods and their relationship to Aztec concepts of the soul and afterlife. Was cremation reserved only for the ruling class? Join Stan as he contrasts evidence gleaned from Aztec codices and Spanish colonial documents with recent archaeological excavations.

About the speaker

Dr Stanley Serafin’s research investigates ancient Maya cultural change among populations living on the periphery of the Maya area through bioarchaeological analysis of human skeletal remains in the areas of violence and warfare, mortuary practices, migration patterns, diet and health, and biocultural processes such as tooth filing and cranial modification.

He has analyzed skeletons from various sites in northwest Yucatan, including Mayapán and Oxkintok, as well as recently discovered cemeteries at the westernmost Maya site of Comalcalco. He has collaborated with a number of archaeological projects and colleagues from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e História of Mexico's (INAH) centres in Yucatan and Tabasco, the University at Albany – SUNY, the College of Saint Rose, Penn State University and Florida Atlantic University

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