Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Magazine

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

Wild animals were routinely captured and traded in ancient Mesoamerica

New evidence from the Maya city of Copan, in Honduras, reveals that ancient Mesoamericans routinely captured and traded wild animals for symbolic and …

Research

2,500-year-old Olmec monuments discovered in Guatemala

Two large carved fragments of pumice stone, designated monuments '253A' and '253B', dating to the Middle Preclassic Period (800-350 BC) of the Olmec …

Robots help find new underground galleries in Peru's Chavín de Huántar

The use of high technology in the form of small, all-terrain robots has made it possible to shed light on possible human sacrifices as many as 3,000 …

Trophy Heads and Mummies Discovered in Ancient Peruvian Pits

The nearly 1,500-year-old remains of at least 60 people and six trophy heads have been discovered in deep pits in Vitor Valley in southern Peru. Due …

Archaeology: 3,800-year-old wall relief with mysterious structures discovered in Peru

Peruvian territory was the home of many ancient cultures. Starting from the Norte Chico civilization, which is the oldest civilization in the …

Discovery of copper band shows Native Americans engaged in trade more extensively than thought

A research team including Matthew Sanger, assistant professor of anthropology at Binghamton University, State University at New York, has found a …

Scientists Discover Two Incan Girl Mummies Eerily Clad in Poison Dresses

What happened to them?<p>Around 500 or 600 years ago, two young girls, aged roughly 9 and 18 years, were buried in the finest of Incan style in Northern …

Peru: Archaeological remains found near Wariwillka site in Junin

<b>14:20</b> | Huancayo (Junin region), Aug. 2.<p>Skeleton remains, pots, and mortars —allegedly belonging to pre-Inca Wari culture— were unearthed some 100 …

Remains of sacrificed child discovered at foot of Templo Mayor in Mexico City

A child sacrifice site at the foot of an ancient temple in a lost Aztec city has been unearthed by archaeologists. The discovery was made at the foot …

Archaeologists and astronomers solve the mystery of Chile's Stonehenge

A solar phenomenon found above mysterious pillars, or saywas, was likely designed to broadcast the ‘sacred power’ of the Inca<p>Growing up on the edge of the Atacama desert in northern Chile, Jimena Cruz was often made to feel ashamed of her indigenous identity.<p>Related: Stargazing in Chile: dark skies …

Atacama

Americans have been lighting up for more than 3000 years, ancient pipe reveals

In the late 1930s, archaeologists in northern Alabama rushed to excavate a now-submerged Native American site at the confluence of the Flint and …

2,700-year-old graves discovered in southern Mexico City

Experts from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have discovered 26 ancient graves dating back 2,700 years at a site in Mexico …

Mexico's killer quake revealed unknown temple built INSIDE a pyramid

Archaeologists say damage to a pre-Hispanic pyramid in central Mexico from the Sept. 19 earthquake has revealed a hidden temple.<p>Scientists from …

Hallan yugo totonaco durante salvamento arqueológico realizado en Tamaulipas y Veracruz

Tiene labradas dos cabezas humanas en sus remates. Cortesía Gabino López, INAH. <b>*** Descubierto en Tamiahua, Veracruz, representaría a una</b> …

New structures found in El Salvador's San Andrés archaeological complex

El Salvador's cultural authorities on Tuesday presented new structures and artefacts discovered in the San Andrés archaeological complex, which was …

Mummified Inca corpses clothed in woven royal robes are unearthed

The mummified corpses of Inca nobility, still clothed in finely woven robes, have been unearthed in one of Peru's largest burial sites.<p>The …

Ancient mound builders carefully timed their occupation of coastal Louisiana site

A new study of ancient mound builders who lived hundreds of years ago on the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers new insights …

Mummy Hair Reveals Ancient South American Diet

The hair of 2,000-year-old mummies, long locks adorned with embroidered textiles, is helping researchers determine what these ancient people ate in …

Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital

The priest quickly sliced into the captive's torso and removed his still-beating heart. That sacrifice, one among thousands performed in the sacred …

Conservatism took hold here 1,000 years ago. Until the people fled.

By Annalee Newitz<p>During the eighth century, a new kind of civilization arose in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon. It started a social movement that swept across what is now the U.S. Southwest, transforming people’s beliefs about how to live, worship and farm. For the next six centuries, Ancestral Puebloan …

Ancient Native American King's House Rediscovered in Florida

Known from Spanish records, the once-lost structure belonged to Caalus, ruler of an indigenous people famous for resisting colonial missionaries.<p>In February 1566, Caalus sat on his throne and watched a procession of strange men march toward his house.<p>The Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Aviles had …

South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors

Cranial surgery without modern anesthesia and antibiotics may sound like a death sentence. But trepanation—the act of drilling, cutting, or scraping …

In ancient boulders, new clues about the story of human migration to the Americas: Geologic evidence supports a coastal theory of early settlement

Geologic evidence supports a coastal theory of early settlement<p>A geological study provides compelling evidence to support the hypothesis that ancient …

Glaciers

1,000-year-old mummy found in Peru

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient Ychsma funeral bundle containing the mummified remains of a person buried in Peru roughly 1,000 years …

Ancient Shark Fishermen Found Buried with Extra Limbs

Archaeologists are stumped why these 1,900-year-old Peruvians were buried with bonus body parts—in one case, with two extra left legs.<p>Dozens of "very unique" ancient burials have been discovered on the northern Peruvian coast, many of which appear to contain valuable metal objects, whimsical …

Unique Funerary Site Discovered in Peru

In the Sechura Desert on the Pacific coast of Peru, the Huaca Amarilla archaeological site has yielded a unique—and surprising—glimpse of funerary …

Archaeology

Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice May Be World's Largest

More than 140 children were ritually killed in a single event in Peru more than 500 years ago. What could possibly have been the reason?<p><i>Leer en español.</i><p>Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history—has been discovered on Peru's …

Llamas

Researchers Believe They’ve Identified the World’s Oldest Tattoo Kit

Tattoo bundle unearthed at Fernvale site in Williamson County, Tennessee (all images courtesy Aaron Deter-Wolf and Tanya M. Peres)Wrapped in the skin …

Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert

Armed with satellites and drones, archaeologists discover new Nasca lines and dozens of other enigmatic geoglyphs carved into the earth.<p>Etched into the high desert of southern Peru more than a millennium ago, the enigmatic Nasca lines continue to capture our imagination. More than a thousand of …

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