Courtesy Larry G. Herr and Douglas R. Clark

A household shrine? The room at the back of Building A, ‘Umayri’s other large house, contained two naturally smoothed stones, one laying flat and the other upright against the back wall. Standing stones often signal a sacred area, and the flat stone may have served as an altar. Additional evidence for the room’s religious use comes from items that fell from the house’s second story: three chalices, a cup and saucer, and a rare pair of small cymbals, each about 4 inches in diameter. Such items are often found in shrines.