Probably, Mayan women actively participated in the pre-Columbian war, according to a reconstruction by experts. The studio was inaugurated following the discovery of the remains of an elite Mayan woman murdered by an arrow through her shoulder bladesuggesting that these were expert archers.
In the Mayan capital of Mayapán, three skeletons have been found which have proved to be fundamental for the reconstruction of the events concerning the wars of the late postclassic Maya eraie between 1200 and 1450 AD The bodies belong to an elite man and the other two are of a high-ranking woman and one of common origins.
Unlike the low-ranking woman, the elite woman he had a very fit arm, like the arm of the warrior man who, coincidentally, also died hit by an obsidian arrow, set in his rib cage; as noted above, the female Maya died in the same manner, except that the arrow that struck her shoulder was of flint material.
Obviously, scholars have not only based themselves on these observations to determine the war employment of women, but these have been excellent signals to direct research in this direction. Experts found that the male upper arm bones were more suitable for practicing archery, compared to the woman of humble origins; however, these were strikingly similar to those of the elitist woman.
According to the authors, high-ranking males and females “they were most likely a relatively similar levels of proficiency if they practiced archery”.
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