Just before lunch we headed to the museum Casa Santo Domingo, an impressive building comprising of an old church and convent. It is a fusion of old and new in its architecture and collections.
We went into the archaeological rooms where Diane talked us through countless artifacts, mostly from 200-900AD.
I have added comments onto some of these for more information.
Conch shells were valuable and could be used as musical instruments (this one wasn’t)
Small tripod urn
This urn contained a deity with a hole in the navel that symbolised the exit of the spirit of the dead to the upper world
You can identify the king from the Jaguar pelt in some of his clothes
As textiles have not survived, artifacts like this are invaluable for evidence of clothing and style
A ball player
Plates that were buried with people had holes drilled in them to release their spirits too