Featured Artifacts: Nariño Culture

Jar Jar

The highland Nariño culture was located in southern Colombia from AD 800 to 1500. The Nariño are known mainly for their elaborate shaft burials, which could reach a depth of 15 meters. At the bottom of the shafts are radiating burial chambers, which often contain gold, seashells, pottery and other offerings. Many of these offerings were items of personal adornment, and their inclusion in Nariño burials was probably designed to establish differential wealth between individuals.