Who were those people buried? This question would be easier to answer if we were sure that they represented the total population that lived in the settlement. However, only people with enough expertise in these matters can estimate and comprehend this problematic issue. Until 2016, 104 tombs were excavated in La Almoloya, including single and double burials and cenotaphs (symbols of death that represent tombs without humans inside), adding up to 125 individuals. 85 are adults, followed by 39 children and one adolescent, most from the recent phase.

It seems that in La Almoloya, cists were a trend. The slabs were extracted from the calcareous substrate of the hill, but… they are hellishly heavy! So argaric people carved them roughly and usually completed the slabs with masonry in the corners. In addition, here we find unusual combinations that require more elaboration: urns inside cists and even a wooden coffin inside a large cist, as in the double tomb AY24.

It seems that in La Almoloya, cists were a trend. The slabs were extracted from the calcareous substrate of the hill, but… they are hellishly heavy! So argaric people carved them roughly and usually completed the slabs with masonry in the corners. In addition, here we find unusual combinations that require more elaboration: urns inside cists and even a wooden coffin inside a large cist, as in the double tomb AY24.

In this sequence, one can appreciate the care in constructing the container and the slabs used as wedges forming a rhomboidal cist.

In this sequence, one can appreciate the care in constructing the container and the slabs used as wedges forming a rhomboidal cist.

In La Bastida, cists are smaller and better finished. Argaric people used gypsum slabs obtained from nearby outcrops. These were easier to model and then build stone grave slabs that fit perfectly, including the slab at the base.

In La Bastida, cists are smaller and better finished. Argaric people used gypsum slabs obtained from nearby outcrops. These were easier to model and then build stone grave slabs that fit perfectly, including the slab at the base.

The large urns employed as containers for adults are not as abundant as in La Bastida. They contrast with the vast cists of the first burials.

The large urns employed as containers for adults are not as abundant as in La Bastida. They contrast with the vast cists of the first burials.

Argaric people were buried in single or double graves. But, although, It is not an exclusive quality of the Argaric society, it is also characteristic. Graves with three or more individuals are exceptional. Let’s retain the most important and intriguing: why only two bodies at most in the same grave? What linked the occupants of double burials? We know that sex had a lot to do with it: if a man was buried first, then a woman could share that “house of death” with him, and vice versa. Another rule is that a child would never be the first body buried in a grave with an adult. These facts suggest planning when choosing the dimensions of the container. But still do not answer the big question about the existing links between those two people buried together. Finally, the third combination is a grave with two infants., We only have one case at la Almoloya right now: AY30.

Argaric people were buried in single or double graves. But, although, It is not an exclusive quality of the Argaric society, it is also characteristic. Graves with three or more individuals are exceptional. Let’s retain the most important and intriguing: why only two bodies at most in the same grave? What linked the occupants of double burials? We know that sex had a lot to do with it: if a man was buried first, then a woman could share that “house of death” with him, and vice versa. Another rule is that a child would never be the first body buried in a grave with an adult. These facts suggest planning when choosing the dimensions of the container. But still do not answer the big question about the existing links between those two people buried together. Finally, the third combination is a grave with two infants., We only have one case at la Almoloya right now: AY30.

Moreover, and surprisingly, in this case, AY30 contains the skeletons of two children that are known. Both are daughters of the man from tomb 38 and only the youngest, the daughter of the woman from the princely tomb.

Moreover, and surprisingly, in this case, AY30 contains the skeletons of two children that are known. Both are daughters of the man from tomb 38 and only the youngest, the daughter of the woman from the princely tomb.

Double adult graves show that they passed enough time between burials to let the first one achieve the skeletal state. Thus, do you realize that whoever was first lying there remained in the memory? What bond did they share to reopen the tomb to bury both together?
Tombs 38 and 30 give us some clue about La Almoloya, but we must continue researching ...

Double adult graves show that they passed enough time between burials to let the first one achieve the skeletal state. Thus, do you realize that whoever was first lying there remained in the memory? What bond did they share to reopen the tomb to bury both together?

Tombs 38 and 30 give us some clue about La Almoloya, but we must continue researching …

The truth is that as the Argaric society consolidates, it was established the social recognition of children, newborns, and even those who die in childbirth.
Motherhood was also recognized in the burial. AY21 was a mother who died with her daughter shortly after giving birth, and her bodies were placed intertwined.

The truth is that as the Argaric society consolidates, it was established the social recognition of children, newborns, and even those who die in childbirth.

Motherhood was also recognized in the burial. AY21 was a mother who died with her daughter shortly after giving birth, and her bodies were placed intertwined.

There is another case in a room of Housing Complex 3, where it was buried a woman over 35 who died in the 32nd week of pregnancy.
Like in tombs 3 and 21, the woman of AY36 had been a mother before: this is noticeable by various marks on her hip. All three were buried in proper funerary containers, using a good space in the room to place the graves, even when belonging to the lowest social category.
There are indications, then, to think that motherhood occupied a prominent place in the value system of this community and that the deaths of pregnant women affected them socially.

There is another case in a room of Housing Complex 3, where it was buried a woman over 35 who died in the 32nd week of pregnancy.

Like in tombs 3 and 21, the woman of AY36 had been a mother before: this is noticeable by various marks on her hip. All three were buried in proper funerary containers, using a good space in the room to place the graves, even when belonging to the lowest social category.

There are indications, then, to think that motherhood occupied a prominent place in the value system of this community and that the deaths of pregnant women affected them socially.

Death looms over Argaric life. The metaphor is suggested by the abundance of infant graves that we find at the peak of this society. What did these children symbolically represent? Before then, they rarely had the right to be buried under the settlements. In any case, this information hints that tombs probably do not only express burials related to the people that died in that settlement, but something more profound about the community's life. Thus, tombs become more a representation and not mere testimonies that life entails death.

Death looms over Argaric life. The metaphor is suggested by the abundance of infant graves that we find at the peak of this society. What did these children symbolically represent? Before then, they rarely had the right to be buried under the settlements. In any case, this information hints that tombs probably do not only express burials related to the people that died in that settlement, but something more profound about the community’s life. Thus, tombs become more a representation and not mere testimonies that life entails death.