Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Magazine

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

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

Ancient History

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 …

Ancient History

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 …

Little Ice Age

“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. …

Land Art

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 …

Ancient History

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 …

Archaeologists Uncover New Clues to Maya Collapse

Using the largest set of radiocarbon dates ever obtained from a single Maya site, archaeologists have developed a high-precision chronology that …

Ancient History

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

Giant Megalodon Shark Teeth May Have Inspired Mayan Monster Myths

Giant fossilized teeth from extinct megalodon sharks may have inspired portrayals of a primordial sea monster in Mesoamerican creation myths, …

Ancient History

The mystery of the 'Amazon Stonehenge': 1,000-year-old Megalithic stone circle in Brazil hints that ancient civilizations were more sophisticated than first thought

• <b>Rego Grande is located in Amapá state, near the city of Calçoene</b>• <b><br>It takes its alternative name from the famous prehistoric monument in Wiltshire</b>• <b><br>First</b> …

New Evidence Reveals Violent Final Days at Arizona’s Montezuma Castle

It’s one of Arizona’s most famous landmarks: a pair of 900-year-old limestone cliff dwellings whose sudden abandonment centuries ago has proven to be …

Archaeology

Earliest Known Clay Figurines in the Southwest May Be Fertility Symbols, Study Says

Curious clay figurines that have been found in southern Arizona appear to be fertility symbols used by desert farmers as much as 3,000 years ago, …

Archaeology

Mexico archaeologists find temple to wind god beneath supermarket

Circular platform was dedicated to Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl Eight sets of human remains found at site in Tlatelolco area of Mexico City<p>Archaeologists working in Mexico City have uncovered a circular temple built more than 650 years ago to worship a god of wind.<p>It was excavated at a site discovered two …

Ancient History

Grisly Discovery: 9,000-Year-Old Decapitated Skull Covered in Amputated Hands

Under limestone slabs in a cave in Brazil, scientists made a ghoulish new discovery: a decapitated skull covered in amputated hands.<p>These …

Archaeology

Turkeys were a major part of ancestral Pueblo life

While the popular notion of the American Thanksgiving is less than 400 years old, the turkey has been part of American lives for more than 2,000 …

Archaeological excavation unearths evidence of turkey domestication 1,500 years ago

Eggshells and bones from baby turkeys among earliest evidence for turkey domestication<p>The turkeys we'll be sitting down to eat on Thursday have a …

Anthropology

Mayan 'nesting doll' pyramid is found in Mexico: 32ft-tall mystery structure is the SECOND to be uncovered inside the Temple of Kukulcan - and there could be more

• <b>The structure was discovered inside the massive pyramid of Kukulkan at the famous Mayan site</b>• <b><br>Archaeologists have long known that a smaller pyramid is</b> …

Mummified Bird, Baby Found in Cave Shed Light on Earliest Desert Farmers

Archaeologists called to investigate a cave on a rancher’s property have discovered an unusual burial that’s providing new insights into the ways of …

Archaeology

Ice Age Cave Dwellers in Oregon Lived Among Extinct ‘Stout-Legged’ Horses, Fossils Show

Some of the earliest known inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest lived alongside a now-extinct species of “stout-legged” horse that wasn’t known to …

Anthropology

Secret Mayan tombs lend rare insight into rule of mysterious 'snake kings'

Jade-inlaid teeth and inscribed tibia unearthed in Holmul ruins of Guatemala hint at influence and power of Mayan dynasty known for snakehead emblem<p>Archaeologists in Guatemala have unearthed two Maya tombs that “miraculously escaped” looters’ tunnels underneath two Maya pyramids, where researchers …

Ancient History

New finds at the Sanctuary of Cahuachi in Peru's Nazca Valley

10/10/2016 09:00:00 PM<p>A large religious building, that the archaeologists have named the ‘South Temple’, divided from the adjacent ‘Great Temple’ by …

Tulane archaeologists make Mayan discoveries at El Achiotal

Archaeologists with the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project in Guatemala, who in 2012 discovered the second known reference to the so-called …

Ancient History

Salt's secret success in ancient Chaco Canyon

A team of University of Cincinnati researchers had to go deep to uncover brand new knowledge that they say will "shake up" the archaeological field …

Humans may have occupied Southern Cone of South America 14,000 years ago

Humans may have occupied the Southern Cone 14,000 years ago, according to a study* published September 28, 2016 in the open-access journal <i>PLOS ONE</i> by …

Dozens of Large, Mysterious Rings and Rock Piles Identified in Peru

Dozens of circular geoglyphs have been mapped by archaeologists in Peru, near the ancient town and archaeological site of Quilcapampa. The glyphs …

Oldest Indigo-Dyed Fabric Ever Is Discovered in Peru

The oldest indigo-dyed fabric ever found has been discovered in Peru, pushing back the use of this blue coloring to at least 6,200 years …

Ancient History

Strange Discovery Made in Mexican Cave, Including Mummified Macaw, Baby and Adult Remains

Archaeologists are accustomed to finding evidence of funeral practices around the world, but every once in a while, something they find surprises …