October 20, 2015
Zacpeten Arrowheads Show Human Bloodletting
An ancient obsidian arrowhead found at the Maya site of Zacpeten in Guatemala with human blood on it is indicative of a Maya bloodletting ceremony. The Maya were feeding the gods with the life force of human blood. Researchers studied 108 arrowheads from five sites in Guatemala dating from 1400-1700 CE. They found blood on 25 of the arrowheads. Two of the arrowheads had human blood. The rest had animal blood. The Mesoamericans also used jadeite spikes, obsidian blades, stingray spines and shark’s teeth in bloodletting ceremonies.
The research is published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
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