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Guatemala mayan city El Mirador may have ended in pyramid battle

Category: News reports

EL MIRADOR, Guatemala, September 3 (Reuters), by Sarah Grainger, editing by Catherine Bremer and Kieran Murray. One of Guatemala’s greatest ancient Mayan cities may have died out in a bloody battle atop a huge pyramid between a royal family and invaders from hundreds of miles away, archeologists say. Researchers are carrying out DNA tests on […]

Laboratory to decipher zapotec writing will be opened by 2010

Category: News reports

Mexico, INAH, august 21, 2009. Nearly 300 engraved stones will be studied in the laboratory that will be operating at Monte Alban Archaeological Zone in Oaxaca to advance in Zapoteca writing deciphering. The creation of this scientific research center is possible thanks to contributions of World Monuments Fund (WMF)(90,000 USD), Alfredo Harp Helu Foundation (750,000 […]

Palenque. Pakal’s tomb – from underworld to Internet

Category: News reports

Mexico, INAH, august 03, 2009. Closed to visit since 2004 to guarantee its good conservation state, Pakal’s Tomb, in Palenque Archaeological Zone, Chiapas, can be visited virtually through Internet since August 2009. Access to the funerary chamber of Maya ruler K’inich Janaab Pakal was habilitated by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) at […]

Sun pyramid was the Axis Mundi for Teotihuacan culture

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Mexico, INAH, july 24, 2009. Sun Pyramid was the axis mundi for Teotihuacan culture, a space from which celestial and underworld levels were accessed symbolically. The four directions of the universe parted from here as well, and this scheme was adopted later by Tolteca and Mexica societies when drafting their ceremonial centers.

Teotihuacan could have been governed by 4 rulers

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Mexico, INAH, july 19, 2009. A century after modern exploration of Teotihuacan began, debate about the Mesoamerican city focuses on its government system, which according to a line of investigation supported, among other experts, by Dr. Linda Manzanilla, could have had a corporative character and not have been ruled by dynasties, as was thought. “The […]

Miguel Leon Portilla received Teotihuacan Archaeological zone acknowledges and INAH most important award

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Mexico, INAH. After 50 years of being published for the first time, 29 Spanish editions and have been published in 15 languages, Vision de los Vencidos (Viewpoint of the Defeated) has become the most emblematic work of historian Miguel Leon Portilla, a compilation of anonymous indigenous testimonies of characters that witnessed the Spanish overpower. In […]

Maya caves registration continues

Category: News reports, Mexico, july 07, 2009. More than 300 caves and cenotes have been registered by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) at the Puuc Region in Yucatan, which are part of more than 2000 existing in the area; archaeological vestiges of ritual and domestic activities have been found inside them. The project Caves: […]

Die to Live in Mesoamerica

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Mexico, INAH, june 22, 2009. Ethnographic studies conducted by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) researchers, have achieved interpreting and understanding different rituals regarding death, where departed, symbolically, jointly with the living, are in charge of keeping the worlds continuity.

Aztec tomb under Mexico City still eludes scientists

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LESLIE SCRIVENER, june 16, 2009. Archeologists digging in the dirt and black ooze under Mexico City’s most important public square have been tantalized for decades by the possibility of a great treasure and likely burial place of one of the last Aztec rulers. “They keep finding astonishing things as they inch their way along,” says […]

A copy of Bodley Codex was donated to INAH

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INAH, june, 2009. A facsimile of the Bodley Codex manufactured in leather as the original, was donated to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) by the Czech editorial Archa 90, enriching the heap of codex reproductions of the National Library of Anthropology and History (BNAH).