Animal Management, preparation and sacrifice: reconstructing burial 6 at the Moon Pyramid, Teotihuacan, México

Nawa SUGIYAMA, Raúl VALADEZ, Gilberto PÉREZ, Bernardo RODRÍGUEZ & Fabiola TORRES

en Anthropozoologica 48 (2) - Pages 467-485

Published on 27 December 2013

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animals in Funerary space

In 2004 the Moon Pyramid Project uncovered Burial 6, a massive offering cache at the core of the monument located at Teotihuacan’s central ceremonial precinct. This dedicatory chamber included the remains of over fifty animals, the majority representing the most dangerous carnivores on the landscape such as eagles, felines (jaguars and pumas), canines (wolves, coyotes and hybrids between wolves and dogs) and rattlesnake. Faced with this extraordinary faunal assemblage, we investigate the dynamic ritual processes which took place during the dedication ceremony. We reconstruct not only the chaîne opératoire, the acquisition, preparation, use and deposition of each animal, but also attempt to recreate individual life histories of some of the animals deposited in this burial.


Teotihuacan, Moon Pyramid, Animal Sacrifice, Dedication Ritual, Feline, Canine, Eagles, Serpents.

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