Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Americas Magazine

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

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 …

Archaeology

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 …

War

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 …

Anthropology

1,000-year-old mummy found in Peru

The 1,000 year old 'bundled body' of Peru: Incredibly well preserved mummy found wrapped in a 'cotton coffin'<p><b>Archaeologists at Pachacamac found</b> …

Archaeology

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 …

Archaeology

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 …

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 …

Archaeology

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 …

Archaeology

Ancient Peruvian child sacrifices and treasures uncovered in tombs

Tragic skeletons of Chimu child sacrifices who had their hearts RIPPED OUT 3,400 years ago are found alongside more than 100 treasures in Peru<p><b>The</b> …

1,300-year-old cemetery found in Lima

A team of Peruvian archaeologists has found a 1,300-year-old pre-Hispanic cemetery near Lima's main zoo, a researcher said Friday. Credit: …

Localizan 108 petroglifos en la Zona Arqueológica de La Campana, en Colima

Localizan 108 petroglifos en la Zona Arqueológica de La Campana, en Colima. Imagen cortesía Ana María Jarquín, INAH. <b>*** Fueron hallados por</b> …

Ancient Chilean rock art suggests hunters killed whales

Dramatic slaughter of whales and sharks by hunters is depicted in hundreds of pieces of stunning 1,500-year-old rock art on the Chilean coast<p><b>The</b> …

Laser scanning reveals 'lost' ancient Mexican city 'had as many buildings as Manhattan'

Archaeology might evoke thoughts of intrepid explorers and painstaking digging, but in fact researchers say it is a high-tech laser mapping technique that is rewriting the textbooks at an unprecedented rate.<p>The approach, known as light detection and ranging scanning (lidar) involves directing a …

Archaeology

Datan en 2000 años de antigüedad, cabeza momificada de guacamaya hallada en cueva Avendaños, Chihuahua

El colorido plumaje de las guacamayas fue motivo de que esta ave ocupara un lugar relevante en el imaginario colectivo de las comunidades …

Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle

<b>Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough.</b><p>Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications.<p>The landscape, near already-known Maya …

Interlocked Skeletons Found at Pre-Aztec Burial Site

Ten were found in total, arranged in a circular shape, and ranging from adults to children.<p>At least two are female, and one is male. There are adults, a child, and an infant.<p>Ten skeletons in total were recently found at an archaeological site called Tlalpan just south of Mexico City. Today, the …

Archaeology

Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico. The study also suggests turkeys weren't …

World's longest underwater cave discovered in Mexico: Divers reveal that two areas previously thought to be separate actually form one 216-mile-long connected maze of caverns

• <b>The 216-mile long maze of caverns was discovered off the eastern coast of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula</b>• <b><br>It had previously been thought that two</b> …

World's Largest Underwater Cave Discovered

Joining two previously known underwater caves, the newly discovered system is 215 miles long.<p>Last Wednesday, after ten months of work, the Underwater Exploration Group of the Great Maya Aquifer Project (GAM) found a connection between two of the most extensive flooded cavern systems on Earth—Sac …

Archaeology

1,500-year-old painted banquet hall offers rare insight into Peru's ancient Moche culture

Researchers also discovered a room that may have been used to make announcements considering it features a circular podium.<p>Archaeologists in Peru …

Direct genetic evidence of founding population reveals story of first Native Americans

Direct genetic traces of the earliest Native Americans have been identified for the first time in a new study. The genetic evidence suggests that …

Depiction of mythical Aztec universe discovered in natural pond near Mexico's Iztaccihuatl volcano

The mirror effect of the pond gives the underwater stone shrine a 'floating' effect.<p>A team of archaeologists in Mexico have discovered a stone shrine …

Figurillas revelan papel de la mujer en la urbe prehispánica de Jonuta, en Tabasco

Figurillas femeninas, todas son silbatos. Representan mujeres jóvenes. Foto Cortesía INAH- Proyecto Arqueológico Jonuta. <b>*** Las representaciones</b> …

Peru: Ancient astronomical observatory found in Cusco | News | ANDINA - Peru News Agency

<b>14:03</b> | Cusco (Cusco region), Dec. 15.<p>Research works at Espiritu Pampa archaeological site in Southern Cusco region led to the discovery of an …

Rock art of ancient rituals in Venezuela revealed

Mysterious 2,000-year-old rock art of mythical beasts and ancient rituals in Venezuela is revealed in unprecedented detail<p><b>The engravings, known as</b> …

Archaeology: Cultural 'big bang' helped form Fort Ancient society

The Fort Ancient culture lived in southern Ohio and parts of Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia between A.D. 1000 and 1650. These American Indian …

Anthropology

Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest

Conventional wisdom holds that prehistoric villagers planted corn, and lots of it, to survive the dry and hostile conditions of the American …

Forests

6,000 year old pottery found in Ecuador

Russian and Ecuadorian archaeologists have discovered pottery that could be 6,000 years old in Ecuador which, if confirmed, would make it the oldest …