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Matthew A. Boxt
A Late Postclassic Maya Crypt from Sarteneja, Belize

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Matthew A. Boxt
A Late Postclassic Maya Crypt from Sarteneja, Belize

La cripta 1 encontrada en Sarteneja, Belize contenía los restos óseos de 13 individuos adultos, de un perro y un variado ajuar funerario. Entre este se encuentran incensarios Cehac-Hunacti, similares a los de Mayapán; cajetes trípodes Inciso Payil (Tulum Rojo), teselas de turquesa; hoja de oro y una campana de cobre. Un fragmento del fémur del entierro primario proporcionó la fecha de radiocarbono de 570±100 a.P. (1405 d.C.). La presencia de restos óseos desarticulados y esqueletos incompletos es consistente con la práctica antigua Maya de volver a abrir tumbas y depositar múltiples entierros. La cripta 1 fue construida y utilizada en su totalidad durante el período Posclásico Tardío (ca. 1300-1544 d. C.).