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Cultures > Semi-arid North > Diaguita

Culto y Funebria

The vast majority of decorated vessels used to characterize this culture were found as grave goods in Diaguita tombs. In their most common form, these tombs were constructed with five large stone slabs that formed a casket or rectangular box in which the deceased person was placed. The dead were accompanied by grave goods that might include earrings, axes, tweezers, copper chisels, finely worked bone spatulas or spoons, and ceramic vessels. The frequent appearance of feline figures on Diaguita funerary vessels suggests that the people worshipped this animal.