Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Magazine

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

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 …

Archaeology

Chaco Canyon’s ancient civilization continues to puzzle

Chaco Canyon is a land of extremes. Summer heat scorches the desert canyon, which is sandwiched between sandstone cliffs nearly two kilometers above …

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 …

Oceans

Scientists discover origins of ancient Hopewell culture's meteorite jewellery

The beads were discovered in a burial mound in Illinois in 1945 but until now where they came from had been a mystery.<p>The native Hopewell culture, …

Archaeology

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

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 …

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 …

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 palace is the oldest ever excavated in Mexico's Valley of Oaxaca.<p>The remains of an ancient palace complex dating back 2,300 years have been …

Archaeology

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 …

Archaeology

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

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, …

Cool Stuff

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 …

Anthropology

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 …

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 …

Anthropology

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 …

Physics

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 …

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> …