This is a small fragmentary collection of artifacts from the Pre-Columbian West Mexico Shaft-Tomb Culture. Included are partial ceramic figures, a partial ceramic bead disk, and two complete shell "tinklers" pendants. All were found by Dr. Heflin in the 1950's around the Lake Sayula Region of Jalisco, Mexico. They come from the larger Dr. Allen Heflin Collection, formed from his work in Mexico from 1946 into the 1970's.
The Western Mexico shaft tomb tradition or shaft tomb culture refers to a set of interlocked cultural traits found in the western Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and, to a lesser extent, Colima to its south, roughly dating to the period between 300 BCE and 400 CE, although there is not wide agreement on this end-date. The first major undisturbed shaft tomb associated with the tradition was not discovered until 1993, at Huitzilapa, Jalisco. It is now thought that, although shaft tombs are widely diffused across the area, the region was not a unified cultural area. Archaeologists, however, still struggle with identifying and naming the ancient western Mexico cultures of this period.