“Death and Sacrifice at Midnight Terror Cave”
AIA National Lecture by James Brady. Midnight Terror Cave was named by Mennonites who were called in the middle of the night to rescue a badly injured looter who had fallen from a slippery ledge and plunged into the cave. When the Belizean Institute of Archaeology investigated, they found more human skeletons than had ever been reported from a Maya cave. This led to the cave being featured in Cave of the Headless Corpse on the Discovery Channel’s Bone Detective. Dr. James Brady has just completed a three year investigation of Midnight Terror Cave that documented extensive modifications of the cave by the ancient Maya as well as evidence of a devastating earthquake that in one moment destroyed much of what the Maya had built. Finally, Dr. Brady will discuss an emerging view of human sacrifice among the Maya.