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Entombment, Authority, and Descent at Altar de Sacrificios, Guatemala

William A. Haviland
American Antiquity
Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan., 1971), pp. 102-105
DOI: 10.2307/278027
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/278027
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

At the lowland Maya site of Altar de Sacrificios, two burials have been interpreted in such a way as to suggest: (1) that matrilineal principles of social organization may have been operative in some segments of Classic Maya society; and (2) that Maya political units may have been tied together by marriage alliances. These two hypotheses are examined here in the light of anthropological kinship theory. It is concluded that such marriage alliances are in the realm of possibility, but that matrilineality is unlikely.

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