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Sacrificial Virgins: Sex, Violence, and Imagination

August 7, 2013

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What is it with men who see sacrificed women and immediately begin to fantasize about their beauty and virginity? This was the story told about the Maya “Sacred Well”, the Cenote at Chichen Itza, as popularized by an interview Alma Reed conducted with Edward Thompson,  in 1923 in the New York Times, where Reed wrote […]

“Red goddesses” in greater Cahokia

July 26, 2010

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The most unusual archaeological job I ever had was back in graduate school, and it remains the only archaeology job I did wearing three-inch heels. As a student at the University of Illinois, I was drafted along with a friend to stand near the pedestal on which the newly discovered Birger figurine was displayed at […]