Funerary Practices in Prehispanic Sinaloa: Assessing Aztatlán Mortuary Behavior


Funerary traditions reflect social behaviors that contain important information about the integration of several social groups. Funerary practices seem to persist over time because they comprise an integral aspect of group identity. In this paper we discuss the funerary practices known for the identified late prehispanic Sinaloan archaeological traditions. Specific locations to bury the dead appear to be the usual practice for the Aztatlán and Huatabampo traditions. Funerary mounds with extended burials appear to be associated with the Huatabampo/Guasave tradition and are present on the Pacific coastal plain of northern Sinaloa and southern Sonora. During the northern expansion of the Aztatlan tradition (between 900-1400 CE.) urn burials, along with several commodities, expanded into northern Sinaloa; the northernmost urn burial known is located on the Bahía Agiabampo adjacent to the Sonoran border. Additionally, we discuss the evidence for interaction and integration of the Sinaloan archaeological groups based upon funerary practices, trade goods and social identity.

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Funerary Practices in Prehispanic Sinaloa: Assessing Aztatlán Mortuary Behavior. Guadalupe Sanchez Miranda, John Philip Carpenter. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396241)

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