In 1540, 30 Spanish conquistadors founded the municipality of Campeche as part of the Spanish Crown’s colonization of the Yucatán Peninsula. In 2000, a team of multinational, multidisciplinary researchers excavated the recently discovered church and associated cemetery that ministered to the residents of Campeche from its founding until the early seventeenth century. This edited volume details those excavations and the results of the ensuing decade of analysis. Written for a broad scholarly audience, the volume eloquently presents and examines a wealth of new data about life, death, and the complexity of social relationships in early colonial Campeche.

Each chapter offers a different analytical approach to the study of the church and cemetery. Some of the contributors mine archival sources for historical data about the lives of those living in colonial Campeche. Others seek similar information by examining the excavated skeletons for evidence of...

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