Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Magazine

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

A massive geoglyph of an orca whale has been discovered in the mysterious Nazca Lines of Peru

A massive "drawing" of a killer whale has been found in the legendary Nazca Lines of Peru. It could be the oldest image ever recorded at the site.<p>In …

Archaeology

Orca geoglyph rediscovered in Peru

Orca geoglyph rediscovered in Peru: report on the rediscovery of the enormous geoglyph depicting an orca.

South America

Shellfish Diplomacy

Rose Gold Jewelry Was All the Rage with Ancient Colombians

When Apple revealed the new iPhone 8 earlier this month, some headlines focused on one question: Would it come in rose gold?<p>The pink-tinted metal is …

Archaeology

Research sheds new light on early turquoise mining in Southwest

Turquoise is an icon of the desert Southwest, with enduring cultural significance, especially for Native American communities. Yet, relatively little …

Archaeology

Researchers have found signs of ritual violence on skeletons from an ancient civilization in the Andes

• <b>Skeletons found at Pacopampa, the site of an ancient Andean civilization in Peru, show signs of ritual violence.</b>• <b><br>Archaeologists study violence to better understand how people in ancient societies lived and died.</b>• <b><br>In this civilization in the Andes, the researchers think elites may have used violence in</b> …

Anthropology

Amazon farmers discovered the secret of domesticating wild rice 4,000 years ago

Amazonian farmers discovered how to manipulate wild rice so the plants could provide more food 4,000 years ago, long before Europeans colonised …

Pre-Incan grave with skeletons of 1,000-year-old human sacrifices found in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered tombs containing the skeletons of nine victims of human sacrifice, along with an ancient metallurgy workshop, …

Archaeology

Peru: Wood sculptures and other relics found at ancient Chan Chan

Photo: ANDINA<p>Photo: ANDINA<p>Photo: ANDINA<p>Photo: ANDINA<p>18:26.<p>Trujillo (La Libertad region), Sep. 27. Four wood sculptures —three male and one female— a …

Archaeology

2,500 year old burials unearthed in Quelepa, El Salvador

Earlier this week, archaeologists in El Salvador unearthed the remains of skeletons dating back 2,500 years. The well-preserved human remains, along …

El templo que cambiará la historia del cacao

Una estructura espiral cubre una tumba en la que entre otros objetos se conservan vasijas ceremoniales con restos de lo que se ha identificado como …

Tomb of early classic Maya ruler found in Guatemala

The tomb of a Maya ruler excavated this summer at the Classic Maya city of Waka' in northern Guatemala is the oldest royal tomb yet to be discovered …

Mayan child sacrifices in Guatemala were buried with 'supernatural' jet black volcanic stones 4,000 years ago

• <b>Scientists found obsidian while excavating the ancient Mayan city of Ceibal</b>• <b><br>They discovered obsidian in a grave containing two children aged two to</b> …

Peru: 3000-year-old circular stone wall found in Cusco | Noticias

The discovery confirms Marcavalle culture developed at the time when Chavin and Paracas cultures ruled Ancash and Ica regions, respectively.<p>DDCC head …

Another pre-Hispanic find in Mexico City surprises archaeologists

Parties’ election funds a record high in 2018<p>Despite low public confidence in politicians, government institutions and electoral processes, political …

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 …

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

Al obtener los resultados definitivos, el siguiente paso será explorar la cavida hallada. Foto: Melitón Tapia, INAH. <i></i> <b>*** El hallazgo se logró</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 …

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 …

Archaeology

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

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 skeletons to investigate whether or not their meals were marine based.<p>Presenting at last …

Anthropology

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 …

Archaeology

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 …

Archaeology