Archaeologists found 67 pipe fragments at the Tchefuncte site. People made most of these pipes using clay from or near the site. Many have incised lines and other designs on them. The number of pipes found at the site suggests that smoking was an important activity there. It may have been part of ceremonial life at the site. Healers also could have used pipes in rituals to remove/cure illness or the effects of bad magic.


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