Copper Bells in the Bolaños Culture, Jalisco
María Teresa Cabrero G. & José Luis Ruvalcaba-Sil • español
Abstract. At the site of El Piñon, belonging to the Bolaños Culture, seven small globular bells made in native copper were recovered. The bells have trace elements of arsenic and silver. Like other sites in western Mexico, these objects were associated with burials, suggesting a religious relationship focused on death. The social and economic circumstances of this find, particularly within the Bolaños Culture and given El Piñon’s location near the governing center of the region, likely represent very high value items that reached the site intended as a gift for the group in power, as evidenced by the burials where the bells were found.
Keywords: Copper Bells, Bolaños Culture, Jalisco, Mexico, Mesoamerica.
Cabrero G., M. T. & J. L. Ruvalcaba-Sil. 2013. Cascabeles de cobre en la cultura Bolaños, Jalisco. Arqueología Iberoamericana 19: 24-36. http://www.laiesken.net/arqueologia/archivo/2013/19/2_en.
Publication date: 31 October 2013.