Ancient Maya Canoe Found in Mexico’s Yucatan


Source: VOA

A wooden canoe used by the ancient Maya and believed to be more than 1,000 years old has turned up in southern Mexico, officials said on Friday, part of archeological work accompanying the construction of a major new tourist train.

The extremely rare canoe was found almost completely intact, submerged in a freshwater pool known as a cenote, thousands of which dot Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, near the ruins of Chichen Itza, once a major Maya city featuring elaborately carved temples and towering pyramids.


Italy halts auction of archaeological artifacts on Mexico’s request


Source: Mexico News Daily

Italian authorities intervened to cancel an auction in Rome at which 17 Mexican archaeological artifacts were to go on the block.

Culture Minister Alejandra Frausto said the timely action of Mexico’s ambassador in Italy, Carlos García de Alba, and the European nation’s chief of police for the protection of cultural heritage, Roberto Riccardi, were crucial to the suspension of the auction, which the Bertolami Fine Arts auction house planned to hold last Thursday.


Below a pyramid, a treasure trove sheds new light on ancient Mexican rites


Source: Reuters

More than a decade after Sergio Gomez began excavating a tunnel under a towering Mexican pyramid, the archeologist still spends most of his time studying the massive cache of sacred artifacts carefully placed there by priests some 2,000 years ago.

The volume and variety of objects hidden in the sealed tunnel under Teotihuacan’s ornate Feathered Serpent Pyramid has shattered records for discoveries at the ancient city, once the most populous metropolis of the Americas and now a top tourist draw just outside modern-day Mexico City.


Archeologists find Huehuetéotl’s sculpture in Teotihuacán (Spanish)

Teotihuacan by Flikr user Laura RushLa Jornada, 2/13/2013

En la cúspide de la Pirámide del Sol, a 66 metros de altura, fue descubierta la escultura de Huehuetéotl, dios del fuego, la más grande encontrada hasta ahora en la zona arqueológica de Teotihuacán, además de dos estelas completas y el fragmento de otra, las cuales debieron decorar esa estructura hace mil 500 años.

Así lo informaron los arqueólogos Alejandro Sarabia, quien junto con su colega, Saburo Sugiyama, de la Universidad Provincial de Aichi (Japón), desarrollan desde 2005 el Proyecto Pirámide del Sol del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).

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Mexico Aztec headdress could go home from Austria

BBC News, 4/27/12

A headdress said to have been worn by an Aztec emperor could temporarily go back to Mexico from Austria after the Mexican Senate changed its rules.

The headdress is believed to be a gift from Moctezuma to 16th Century Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes. It is made of quetzal and other feathers mounted on a base of gold studded with precious stones. Mexico usually sees pre-Conquest relics as national property, and if returned must stay in the country.

After agreeing to the change of rules, the headdress could be returned on an extended loan from the museum in Vienna where it is currently on display.

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Mexico Finds Tunnel, Possible Tombs Under Ruins

ABC News, 8/4/2010

A long-sealed tunnel has been found under the ruins of Teotihuacan and chambers that seem to branch off it may hold the tombs of some of the ancient city’s early rulers, archaeologists said Tuesday.

Experts say a tomb discovery would be significant because the social structure of Teotihuacan remains a mystery after nearly 100 years of archaeological exploration at the site, which is best known for the towering Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun.

No depiction of a ruler, or the tomb of a monarch, has ever been found, setting the metropolis apart from other pre-Hispanic cultures that deified their rulers.

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