1,000 years ago, a woman was buried in a canoe on her way to the ‘destination of souls’

Illustration of deceased young woman lying in a wampos (ceremonial canoe). There is a pot next to her head.
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Up to 1,000 years ago, mourners buried a young woman in a ceremonial canoe to represent her final journey into the land of the dead in what is now Patagonia, a new study finds. 

The discovery reaffirms ethnographic and historical accounts that canoe burials were practiced throughout pre-Hispanic South America and refutes the idea that they may have been used only after the Spanish colonization, according to the authors of the study.

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