Pre-Columbian Tribes Had BBQs, Parties on Grave Sites
Some pre-Hispanic cultures in South America had elaborate celebrations at their cemeteries, complete with feasting and drinking grounds much like modern barbecue pits, according to a new archaeological study.
Excavations of 12th- and-13th-century burial mounds in the highlands of Brazil and Argentina revealed numerous earthen ovens. The finds suggest that the graves were also sites of regular festivals held to commemorate the death of the community's chief.
"After they buried an important person on the burial grounds, they feasted
on meat that had been steamed in the earth ovens and drank maize beer,"
said archaeologist and study co-author José Iriarte.
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