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1,000-year-old funerary chamber found in Mexico

A worker cutting grass in the Archaeological Zone of Tingambato Michoacan discovered a 1,000-year-old funerary chamber.

Melchor Cruz said that the quantity of shell beads that were found in the chamber convey possible relation to the ancient settlers of Tingambato with other towns in the coast. Also, it shows that this city could have been a possible strategic point in a commercial route to Cuenca de Patzcuaro.

“The burial’s arrangement was a complete paraphernalia: we found hundreds of beads carved in rectangular and square shapes, snail shells of about two through eight millimeters (0.07 and 0.31 inches) tall; some of those materials were probably used for necklaces and covered the human skeleton up to the thorax and the arms; underneath the individual’s remains we found a layer of sandstone placed on the floor of the funerary chamber.”

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Story: Art Daily | Photo: DMC INAH. H. Montaño

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