Some scholars believed that Chaco’s inhabitants, ancestors of the modern Pueblo people of the Southwest, had stretched skins across the cylinders and used them for drums, while others thought they held sacred objects.
But the answer is simpler, though no less intriguing, Ms. Crown asserts in a paper published Tuesday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: the jars were used for drinking liquid chocolate. Her findings offer the first proof of chocolate use in North America north of the Mexican border.
“It’s as if you were having a dinner party and serving Champagne,” said Ms. Reents-Budet. “You serve Champagne in really nice glasses.”
Whenever Superman appears in the media (comics, cartoons, movies, etc.), the producers are required to add a line saying "Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster." Imagine if every time a chocolate product appeared in the media, it had to include a tag saying "Brought to you by Native Americans." That alone would start changing our perception of Indians as unaccomplished savages.
For more on the subject, see 100 Amazing Indian Discoveries and The Native Culinary Tradition.