Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Center > Central Chile’s First Communities

Culto y Funebria

Only two funeral contexts have been found for these communities: one a burial of at least six individuals, without any apparent grave goods, and another a woman who was buried on her side in the fetal position with some broken ceramic vessels left as offerings and a mortar placed face-down upon her body. The earliest evidence of pipes, though very scant, has been attributed to this period, suggesting the social or ritual use of hallucinogenic substances.