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Teotihuacan-style mural paintings found in Queretaro

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INAH, june 14, 2009. The 4 Teotihuacan-style polychrome fragments of mural paintings located recently at El Rosario, Queretaro, the only found until now at Bajio region of that culture, are now under custody of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).



Prehispanic potter burial discovered near Tula

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INAH, june, 2009. A Prehispanic burial with 2 skeletons, 7 vases, casts and polishers was found 700 meters away from Tula Archaeological Zone, in Hidalgo, while municipal public work was carried out. The discovery dated between 900 and 1100 AD, could reinforce the hypothesis of potters’ neighborhoods around the Tolteca ceremonial center. Luis Gamboa Cabezas, […]



Late use of inferior wood hints at one explanation of the “maya collapse”

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Tikal, Guatemala, New Scientist, june 02, 2009. A recent study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows that during the last decades before the so-called abandonement of Tikal the builders switched to inferior wood in their construction.



Findings confirm struggle between maya cities

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INAH, may 28, 2009. An unarticulated human body sculpture and 6 Maya stone carved masks covered with green and blue stucco were found in an offering during the Moral-Reforma archaeological site exploration, In the Tabasco municipality of Balancan. Items could be more than 1,500 years old and would confirm that the Maya settlement was in […]



UNESCO creates inventory of prehispanic sites with astronomical value

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INAH, may 26, 2009. To celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) prepares a data base of Prehispanic sites and living manifestations with astronomic and archaeoastronomical value, inscribed or not in the World Heritage List. The Americas inventory will be coordinated by Dr Stanislaw Iwaniszewski, part of […]



Prehispanic mining studied in Queretaro

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INAH, may 26, 2009. The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) collaborates with an inter institutional project developed at Toluquilla Archaeological Zone, in Queretaro, where physical anthropology studies are conducted on 30 Prehispanic skeletons, with the aim to find if the population worked in mining industry. The initiative developed by the Queretaro INAH Center, […]



Recent discovery of burials and offerings in Cholula

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INAH, may 25, 2009. The 17 Prehispanic skeletons discovered recently near Cholula Historical Center, in Puebla, could correspond to Olmeca-Xicalanca ancient culture; if this information is validated, it would confirm the presence of this group during the early Post Classic period (900-1150 AD) to the northeast of the Great Pyramid. The aforementioned differs with Tolteca-Chichimeca […]



Prehispanic objects were found in Zapopan (Jalisco)

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INAH, may 23, 2009. Almost a dozen Prehispanic objects were found during a hydraulic work excavation at Ciudad Granja, in Zapopan, Jalisco, in the Guadalajara vicinity. A pot, a vase and anthropomorphic figures are among the items discovered. Archaeologist Carlos Lopez Cruz, part of the Jalisco National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) Center, announced […]



Huasteca site Tancama in Queretaro is being prepared to receive public visit

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INAH, may, 2009. Located in the heart of Sierra Gorda, in Queretaro, and only 15 minutes away from Jalpan de Serra, Tancama will be the fourth archaeological zone open to public of that state, and one of the 10 sites that Felipe Calderon announced to be inaugurated during his presidential period. Specialists of the National […]



Maya worshiped mexican deity Tlaloc

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INAH, may, 2009. A long and intense drought and famine registered more than a millennium ago in Uxmal region, Yucatan, favored the veneration of Chaac, the rain deity, as well as Tlaloc, the Aztec equivalent. Several sculptural representations of the Mexica god were found at the Maya city. Jose Huchim Herrera, Uxmal Archaeological Zone and […]