Zapotec urn

In 1898, archaeologist Marshall Saville discovered a tomb built by the Zapotec people of Mexico. Not far from the tombs, he found a row of five clay urns, decorated with elaborate masks and jewelry. They had been created to honor a noble, or a person of the highest class. The urns were then placed as an offering in the noble's tomb. Saville brought two of the urns back to the American Museum of Natural History.

Age: found in a tomb that dates between A.D. 500-1000
Made by: the ancient Zapotec people of Mexico
Where it was discovered: in Xoxocotlan, a village in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico
Discovered by: Dr. Marshall Saville, the first curator of Mexican archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History

Image credits: main image, AMNH, Craig Chesek.