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By Michael Ruggeri | News of the Ancient Americas from North America, Mesoamerica, and the Ancient Andes

Another pre-Hispanic find in Mexico City surprises archaeologists

MX rejects force to solve Venezuela crisis<p>Mexico has rejected the use of force to resolve the current political crisis in Venezuela...<p>New Guinness …

Mexico

Exclusive: Aztec golden wolf sacrifice yields rich trove in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A sacrificial wolf elaborately adorned with some of the finest Aztec gold ever found and buried more than five centuries ago has come to light in the heart of downtown Mexico City, once home to the Aztec empire's holiest shrines.<p>The quality and number of golden ornaments is …

Archaeology

Especialistas del INAH localizan posible túnel bajo la Plaza y Pirámide de la Luna, en Teotihuacan

Compártelo<p><b>*** El hallazgo se logró mediante una tomografía de resistividad eléctrica, cuyos resultados preliminares sugieren la identificación del</b> …

Tower of human skulls found in Mexico City dig casts light on Aztec sacrifices

Archaeologists find more than 650 skulls near site of Templo Mayor Presence of skulls of women and children is ‘a first’, says scientist<p>A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec empire, after crania of …

Archaeology

Mysterious volcano-shaped pyramid discovered in Peru hosted celebrations in honour of solar eclipses

A mysterious pyramid discovered in coastal Peru was built to resemble a volcano, archaeologists have suggested. It is possible that the structure was …

Archaeology

Ancient Aztec temple and ball court unearthed in heart of Mexico City

Discoveries confirm accounts of first Spanish chroniclers to visit Aztec capital Archaeologists also uncovered 32 sets of human neck bones at the site<p>The remains of a major Aztec temple and a ceremonial ball court have been discovered in downtown Mexico City, shedding new light on the sacred spaces …

3,500-year-old friezes discovered at Huaca Garagay in Lima, Peru

5/25/2017 06:30:00 PM<p>Lima Municipality archaeologists have found 3,500-year-old high relief polychrome friezes —similar to those of Chavin de …

Treasure trove of jade stones used in Mayan rituals discovered in Guatemala

Polished greenstone objects made of jade and serpentine were discovered in Ceibal, Guatemala, dating from about 1000 to 450 BCE. The artefacts are …

Groundbreaking discovery of early civilization in ancient Peru

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY—You can tell a lot from a basket. Especially if it comes from the ruins of an ancient civilization inhabited by humans …

Chaco Canyon’s ancient civilization continues to puzzle

A dynasty may have risen from the dead in an ancient Chaco great house.

Anthropology

Micro-Fossils Show Moche Munched On Marine Meals

Mandibular teeth from a Moche individual showing dental calculus examined in the study.<p>Along the north coast of Peru, the Moche people lived from around 200-800 AD. Since little is known about the kinds of food they ate, two archaeologists analyzed micro-fossils in the dental plaque of twelve …

Oceans

Scientists discover origins of ancient Hopewell culture's meteorite jewellery

The native Hopewell culture, which thrived along rivers and streams in North America from 200BC to 500AD, is today survived by a number of beautiful …

Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code

New clues to an old mystery about Inca writing aren't etched in stone. They're tied in knots.<p>A discovery made in a remote mountain village high in the Peruvian Andes suggests that the ancient Inca used accounting devices made of knotted, colored strings for more than accounting.<p>The devices, called …

Mexico's ancient city guards its secrets but excavation reveals new mysteries

An eight-year project at Teotihuacán, once the western hemisphere’s largest city, failed to locate its rulers’ tomb but findings offered tantalising clues to its origins<p>For decades, the hunt for a royal tomb at the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán has gripped archaeologists trying to unravel the …

Prehistoric Native Americans farmed macaws in 'feather factories'

Birds were spiritual emblems in pueblos of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.<p>To ancient peoples of the American Southwest, a macaw’s …

Anthropology

Ancient bones reveal girl's tough life in early Americas

Teenage mother who lived 12,000 years ago was malnourished but still roamed widely.<p>For more than 12,000 years, the adolescent girl’s bones lay deep …

Anthropology

Found: One of the Oldest North American Settlements

The oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation, an Aboriginal group based on the Central Coast of British Columbia, tells of a coastal strip of land that …

Giant ancient palace unearthed in Mexico was the ruler's home and the seat of government

The remains of an ancient palace complex dating back 2,300 years have been unearthed Mexico's Valley of Oaxaca. It is the oldest royal building …

It wasn't just Greece: Archaeologists find early democratic societies in the Americas

Ordinary people had a voice in some early Mesoamerican societies, though these democracies apparently lasted only 200 to 300 years

Archaeology

Kings of Cooperation

<b>On a sweltering day</b> in 1862 at the foot of the Tuxtla Mountains in the Mexican state of Veracruz, a farmworker was clearing a cornfield when he hit …

Chaco’s Elites Were Natives of Chaco Canyon, Not Migrants, Their Remains Show

More than a century after the great sandstone monuments of New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon were first studied, archaeologists are finally learning about …

Anthropology

1,000 Years Ago, Corn Made This Society Big. Then, A Changing Climate Destroyed It

About a 15-minute drive east of St. Louis is a complex of earthen mounds that once supported a prehistoric city of thousands. For a couple of hundred years, the city, called Cahokia, and several smaller city-states like it flourished in the Mississippi River Valley. But by the time European …

Archaeology

“Pequeña ventana” a panteón prehispánico, tumba de tiro hallada en la ciudad de Colima

“Pequeña ventana” a panteón prehispánico, tumba de tiro hallada en la ciudad de Colima. Foto Rafael Platas INAH <i></i> <b>*** En el espacio funerario se</b> …

Hundreds of Geoglyphs Discovered in the Amazon

"While researchers piece together the Amazon’s ecological history, mystery still shrouds the origins of the geoglyphs and the people who made them. …

Archaeology

Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling Stonehenge found in Amazon rainforest

Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling those at Stonehenge were built in the Amazon rainforest, scientists have discovered after flying drones over the area.<p>The findings prove for the first time that prehistoric settlers in Brazil cleared large wooded areas to create huge enclosures meaning that …

Archaeology

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle

An ancient network of roads that stretched over 150 miles has been discovered in the jungle of Guatemala, according to high-tech scanning carried out …

Archaeology

Archaeologists Uncover New Clues to Maya Collapse

A team led by UA professor Takeshi Inomata developed a high-precision chronology that sheds new light on patterns leading up to the two major …

Archaeology

Bones in Yukon Cave Show Humans in North America 24,000 Years Ago, Study Says

A close look at bones found in a Yukon cave seems to confirm a controversial finding made decades ago, archaeologists say: that humans arrived in …

Anthropology