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The Discovery of “The Man of Bilbao” Reveals a Tool Production Camp of Hunter-Gatherers in Mexico

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has announced a significant archaeological discovery in the Coahuila desert. It is the skeleton of an individual, called “The Man of Bilbao”, found in the dunes near the ancient Viesca lagoon. This discovery, dated between 700 and 1000 years ago, sheds light on the life of the […]

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A “Tepari”, Carved Human Bones, and Offerings Thrown into the Lake, Discovered at Janitzio Island in Michoacán

Recently, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) discovered archaeological remains on the shores of Janitzio Island, in the state of Michoacán in Mexico, consisting of a series of materials of great historical and cultural value. The most notable discovery so far is a tepari (traditional boat) that measures 14.80 meters in length. This […]

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Mayan Genome Analysis Reveals Practice of Ritual Sacrifice of Twin Boys

A new study explores the ritual practice of child sacrifice at Chichén Itzá, an ancient Maya city. Following the collapse of the classical Maya civilization, Chichén Itzá emerged as a powerful and influential city. Despite its prominence, much about its political connections and ritual life remains a mystery. The study, published in Nature, reveals that […]

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An Offering to the “Smoking Obsidian Mirror Lord” Unearthed in the Great Basement of Tlatelolco, Mexico

As part of the 80th anniversary of explorations in the Tlatelolco Archaeological Zone, a highly significant archaeological discovery has been revealed: an offering box intended to consecrate an architectural expansion of the Great Basement, dating back over seven centuries. This finding is part of the conservation efforts of the Tlatelolco Project, which the federal Ministry […]

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The Taam Ja’ Blue Hole in Chetumal Bay is the Deepest in the World and Could Contain Caves and Tunnels

In 2021, the Taam Ja’ Blue Hole was discovered in Chetumal Bay in the southeastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. Initially recognized as the second deepest blue hole in the world, with a depth of 274 meters, new explorations have shown that its depth exceeds 420 meters below sea level (mbsl), establishing it as the […]

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Chultun Discovered for the First Time Inside a Building in the Mayan City of Tulum

A chultún is a type of underground bottle-shaped reservoir used to collect rainwater and is an important element in the architecture of the Mayan civilization. The discovery of one of these compartments inside a building for the first time in the Archaeological Zone of Tulum has sparked great interest among archaeologists. The find is part […]

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Maya blessed their ball fields by depositing hallucinogenic plants and chili under them

For sports enthusiasts, iconic locations like Fenway Park, Wembley Stadium, or Centre Court at Wimbledon are revered as hallowed ground. But even millennia before these modern venues, ancient Maya built ballcourts that were more than just places to play; they were sites of ceremonial significance and sacred rituals. Recent archaeological research from the University of […]

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Mega-Earthquakes were the Cause of the Architectural Evolution of Teotihuacan, and its Subsequent Abandonment

Teotihuacán, one of the most influential Mesoamerican cultures, has witnessed devastating earthquakes since the dawn of the American civilizations. This city located in the Central Valley of Mexico, which flourished between 150 B.C. and 650 A.D., was the scene of a highly developed society that built imposing pyramids and temples. According to a recent study, […]

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Prehispanic Canal Networks and Pier Discovered in Tlatelolco

Comprised of 19 neighborhoods, the ancient city of Mexico-Tlatelolco boasted a complex hydraulic structure, as evidenced by the recent discovery of canal networks and a pier that would be modified in the early colonial period. Since late September 2023, the federal Ministry of Culture, through the Archaeological Salvage Directorate of the National Institute of Anthropology […]