University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: James E. Brady

The Heart of Creation, the Heart of Darkness

Sacred Caves in Mesoamerica

By: Holley Moyes and James E. Brady

Caves have been used as sacred spaces for thousands of years throughout the world. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in Mesoamerica, where ethnography, ethnohistory, iconography, epigraphy, and archaeology have all contributed to our understanding of the meanings of these spaces for pre-Columbian societies. Although cave use was noted as early as the 1840s—during Stevens […]