Artifact # 5156 Part of the Bruce
Collection. Described as a water vessle with a simple painted design. It is manufactured
by coiling and decorated by burnishing (look these up on the web). It is thought
to be from the Peruvian Highlands during the time of the Inka (around AD 1500).
Well this is pretty obviously a jar of some sort. It was beautifully painted and
well made. Some archaeologists like to say that this is a ritual vessel. Then
again ritual explanations are the last resort of the archaeologist who can't find
any other explanation. Scientific methods exist which would allow the microscopic
contents of this vessel to be analysed and identified. Perhaps this is a branch
of archaeology that you would like to pursue.
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