Category Science

#Mesoamerican ‘Fool’s Gold’ Mirrors Found in Arizona Reveal Ties to Ancient #Mexico

Archaeologists exploring the ties between ancient cultures in the Southwestern U.S. and central Mexico have turned their attention to some unusual artifacts excavated in Arizona: more than 50 mirrors encrusted with the brilliant mineral pyrite, crafted in distinctly Mesoamerican styles.The mirrors were originally unearthed in the 1930s and 1960s, during excavations of a major settlement […]

Colonial remnants uncovered south of San Antonio | #indigenous #history #NikanTitlakah

SAN ANTONIO — The foundation of a small chapel that dates back to Texas’ colonial period was found during an archaeological dig just outside of San Antonio in Floresville. The excavation, led by David Nickels of Tierras Antiguas Archaeological Investigations, uncovered parts of what was part of the Flores Rancho located along the San Antonio […]

Native Americans Had a Precolonial Baby Boom | #Southwest #indigenous #NikanTitlakah

For hundreds of years, Native Americans in the southwestern United States had a prolonged baby boom — which would average out to each woman giving birth to more than six children, a new study finds. That baby streak, however, ended a little before the Spanish colonized the Americas.”Birthrates were as high, or even higher, than […]

Decoding Mexico’s City of Gods – Scientific American | #NikanTitlakah #indigenous #mexika

Sometime in the 14th century, the first Mexica found their way into the valley of Teotihuacán. The Mexica often incorrectly called Aztecs in modern times were new to the region. An aggressive, ambitious people from the north, they were fast becoming the dominant force in highland Mexico, conquering territory and setting up the powerful city […]

Kuauhtemok of Ixkateopan? | #Mexikah #NikanTlakah #indigenous #culture

THE EMPEROR OF IXCATEOPAN: Fraud, Nationalism and Memory in Modern Mexico*  By Paul Gillingham Abstract. — The article linked below analyses the forgery and discovery of the purported tomb of Cuauhtemoc, the last Mexica emperor. An eclectic collection of contemporary sources outlines a subtle interplay between elites, cultural managers and peasants, who alternately collaborated and […]

Oldest #RockArt in #NorthAmerica Revealed | #indigenous #NikanTlakah #decolonize

Oldest Rock Art in North America Revealed By Megan Gannon, News Editor | August 14, 2013 08:04am ET On the west side of Nevada’s dried-up Winnemucca Lake, there are several limestone boulders with deep, ancient carvings; some resemble trees and leaves, whereas others are more abstract designs that look like ovals or diamonds in a […]

Over 400 Animal Species Used as Offerings in Ancient #Tenochtitlan | #indigenous #Mexica #NikanTlakah

MEXICO CITY – Mexican archaeologists have identified more than 400 animal species in some 60 offerings made to the gods at the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, including molluscs, fish, birds, reptiles and mammals, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said. The scientists have recovered, “for example, fish from coral […]

Archaeologists In Mexico Find Colonial And Pre-Hispanic Remains In Tula | #indigenous #Mesoamerica #archeology

Archaeologists found Colonial remains dating from the sixteenth century as well as 500 to 1,000 year-old Toltec and Mexica ruins underneath the atrium of the San Jose Cathedral in Tula. American archaeologist Shannon Dugan, endorsed by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, made the discovery while conducting an investigation about early Franciscan settlements in […]

Cave paintings reveal history in northern Mexico | #indigenous #NikanTlakah

The drawings were discovered in 2006 in a number of caves in the San Carlos mountain range near the modern-day town of Burgos, about 100 miles south of the U.S. border. The first findings about the red markings that depict people, shapes and designs were revealed this week at a conference in Mexico City. Mexico’s […]

Ancient Mexico Ball Game Statue Discovered By Villagers In Piedra Labrada | #Mixtec #indigenous #mesoamerica #NikanTlakah

Villagers installing a water pipe in southwestern Mexico stumbled onto an ancient granite statue depicting a player from a pre-Hispanic ball game, the national anthropology institute said Monday. The stone had been sliced at the neck, like a decapitation, and buried in a ritual that was common at the time, the National Anthropology and History […]