By Christy G Turner II
This research of prehistoric violence, murder, and cannibalism explodes the parable that the Anasazi and different Southwest Indians have been uncomplicated, peaceable farmers. till fairly lately, Southwest prehistory reviews have mostly overlooked or neglected facts of violent pageant. Christy and Jacqueline Turner’s learn of prehistoric violence, murder, and cannibalism explodes the parable that the Anasazi and different Southwest Indians have been uncomplicated, peaceable farmers. utilizing unique osteological analyses and different strains of proof the Turners convey that conflict, violence, and their concomitant horrors have been as universal in the traditional Southwest as at any place else on the planet. The designated characteristic of this hugely documented research is its multi-regional review of episodic human bones assemblages (scattered ground deposits or charnel pits) via taphonomic research, which considers what occurs to bones from the time of dying to the time of restoration. in the course of the previous thirty years, the authors and different analysts have pointed out a minimum perimortem taphonomic signature of burning, pot sharpening, anvil abrasions, bone breakage, lower marks, and lacking vertebrae that heavily fit the signatures of animal butchering and is usually linked to extra proof of violence. greater than seventy-five archaeological sited containing a number of hundred everyone is rigorously tested for the cannibalism signature. simply because this signature has no longer been pronounced for any websites north of Mexico, except these within the Southwest, the authors additionally current unique comparisons with Mesoamerican skeletal collections the place human sacrifice and cannibalism have been recognized to were practiced. The authors assessment a number of hypotheses for Southwest cannibalism: hunger, social pathology, and institutionalized violence and cannibalism. within the latter case, they current proof for a possible Mexican connection and exhibit that the majority of the recognized cannibalized sequence can be found temporally and spatially close to Chaco nice homes.