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New Mexican turquoise found its way into pre-Colonial Central America by way of Casa Grandes, Chihuahua. Kings wore turquoise crowns. Priests consulted turquoise-backed mirrors. Warriors, particular, wore turquoise objects as a mark of their station. The coveted pieces, include turquoise noserings (yacaxihuitl) were seldom buried with the dead fighter: paper substitutes went in their place.