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1Chimu pottery from Station A clearly was intended for different purposes than the contemporary pottery from the Pachacamac region in Stations B and C Specifically differences in shape indicate that vessels from Station A were used in mortuary rights and burial with the dead whereas those from Stations B and C were used for the preparation and consumption of food First it is obvious that Chimu pottery was impractically shapes and thus probably unlikely for day-to-day use For example most single-spouted effigy vessels were shaped like mating animals including humans These inconsistent shapes would not have been appropriate for storing materials that were to be prepared or consumed Rather the irregular shape in addition to the obvious reference to sex indicates that these vessels were likely to have been used in mortuary rights or burials In contrast vessels from Stations B and C seemed appropriate for preparation and consumption Specifically platesbowls were rounded relatively shallow small pots had wide openings with rims drinking cups were deep and rounded and vats for brewing chicha were large and thick Decorative patterns that do not indicate human activity but rather elaborate shapes and colors also hint that it is unlikely that these vessels were used in mortuary rights and burial with the dead Lastly another strong indicator that Station A vessels were used in mortuary rights and burial with the dead is the effigy associated with the pieces In addition to apparently human as well as mating animal depictions single-spouted globular vessels depict monkeys which is notable since monkeys do not and have not lived on the North Coast of Peru It is likely that the Chimu people encountered monkeys during their encounters with Amazonians and subsequently regarded the monkey as a ritualistic animal to be used in mortuary rights and burial with the dead Lecture 812011 2The pottery found at Cerro del Sol Station B is remarkably different than the pottery found at Pachacamac Stations C despite
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