Effigy Pot Shows Unique Funerary System in Oaxaca

There was a recent discovery in Mexico that have people scratching their heads: a very well-made effigy pot that was discovered a couple of months ago within a funerary temple. It was found in the Aztompa Archaeological Zone in Oaxaca, and has been since released by archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

The ceramic effigy pot represents a human being that is suspected to be 1200 years old, and the colors are very much intact. Looking at the body of the effigy, there are a series of characteristics that hint it may be a superior or high-ranking individual that lived in the old metropolis of Aztompa.

What makes this effigy pot stand out is the representation of the person’s unique clothing that’s made of feather cloak, a sash, earflaps, and a tassel necklace. In the same area, there was a smaller red pot that contained a goddess’s representation and the skeletons of two people.

Archaeologists will continue to conduct more tests to figure out more about the mortuary context where the effigy pot was found. Some of the testing will include carbon 14 and collagen tests that will be done from a sample of the skeleton. Archaeologists will hope to find out when the tombs were constructed and when the burials took place.

The tombs in Aztompa are of high interest to the archaeologists because they represent a unique kind of funerary system in comparison to the funerary system of the Monte Alban and Valle de Oaxaca areas.