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Shaman Statue Guards Shaft Tomb in Mexico

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


COLIMA, MEXICO—An intact, 1,500-year-old shaman figure has been found at the entrance to a shaft tomb in the city of Villa de Alverez. “He was found upright and is holding some kind of weapon, probably an ax. He was placed exactly at the entrance, towards the crypt. He is some kind of a guardian of the main character deposited inside the shaft tomb,” archaeologist Marco Zavaleta of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History told the Daily Mail. The vault contains the remains of one or two individuals that had been moved to the sides of the tomb to make room for a third individual at a later time. Six pots and an earthenware bowl were also found.