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Bundled Burial | by Travis S.
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Bundled Burial

This burial shows a person fully articulated in a fetal position. Small cups or jars are strewn about the body.


There were two signs that went with this burial. The first reads:


Pigmentation of the cadavers was achieved by placing a large quantity of cinnabar over the shroud of the deceased, which, upon decomposition of the flesh, absorbed into the bone.


That sign explained the color of the bones, the next sign explains the style of burial:


The Teotihuacan burial practices have been established on the basis of human remains found during archaeological excavations. The physical anthropologists are those charged with burial exploration as well as the study thereof.


Teotihuacanans prepared their cadavers in the form of a mortuary bundle, at first wrapping them in blankets or binding them, later tying them strongly to maintain a doubled up posture. This tradition was possibly due to a mythical or religious belief that by placing the dead thus upon the earth, they could thereby be reborn. To those people, as to the other Mesoamerican groups, death was no more than a step from one form of life to another equal.

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Taken on December 29, 2008