Presentation Title

Use Of Chocolate In Classic Maya Society

Presenter Information

Ella Noyes

Mentor

James Stemp and Stephen Lucey

Location

L. P. Young Student Center – Lantern And East Dining Rooms

Abstract

This project will examine the creation and use of chocolate in Classic Period (250-900CE) Maya society. The Maya were a Mesoamerican cultural group who controlled parts of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and other areas of Mexico. The Classic Period Maya elites used cacao as a beverage in socio-political ceremonies. Chocolate began as, and has remained, an important symbolic and metaphorical object in the Maya belief system. We have learned that cacao was an esteemed beverage for the Maya through artifacts, iconography, hieroglyphic texts, and chemical analysis of ceramics found in a Maya setting. Understanding the use of cacao in the Classic Period can help us understand its importance in the modern world.

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Use Of Chocolate In Classic Maya Society

L. P. Young Student Center – Lantern And East Dining Rooms

This project will examine the creation and use of chocolate in Classic Period (250-900CE) Maya society. The Maya were a Mesoamerican cultural group who controlled parts of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and other areas of Mexico. The Classic Period Maya elites used cacao as a beverage in socio-political ceremonies. Chocolate began as, and has remained, an important symbolic and metaphorical object in the Maya belief system. We have learned that cacao was an esteemed beverage for the Maya through artifacts, iconography, hieroglyphic texts, and chemical analysis of ceramics found in a Maya setting. Understanding the use of cacao in the Classic Period can help us understand its importance in the modern world.