MEXICO CITY — The remains of 12 dogs were buried together in a pit more than 500 years ago in what is now Mexico City, archaeologists said Friday.
The dogs were buried in a single pit about 6-feet square. Rocio Sanchez Morales, with the National Institute of Anthropology and History, said the burial is unusual because dogs in that period were usually buried with humans or at building sites to serve as escorts to the underworld, as offerings or as guards.
The dogs are believed to have been buried sometime between 1350 and 1520, when the Aztec Empire was at its height. (source)
MEXICO CITY.- In a pharmaceutical company’s premises, located in the municipal district of Miguel Hidalgo of Mexico City, specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH-Conaculta) recovered two burials that are over 500 years old, as well as other ceramic remains. Given the possibility that there could be more pre Hispanic element findings in the area, INAH elaborated an archaeological salvage project that will take place in said area.
The findings in the pharmaceutical company’s property, in the Granada residential area, where registered after the company’s workers dug a ditch of 80 centimeters [31.5 inches] wide, 10 meters [32.80 feet] long and 2 meters [6.56 feet] deep in the piece of land where they will build another corporate building.
These discoveries were responsibly reported to INAH by the company, which allowed the finding to be handled by personnel of the Archaeological Salvage and Physical Anthropology Offices. Read more.
MEXICO CITY.- In the seventeenth building of the Tancama Archaeological Zone, 12 kilometers (17.8 miles) from the municipality of Jalpan de Serra in the Sierra Gorda of Queretaro, archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta) found 15 burials with complete human skeletons, which are estimated, in a preliminary manner, to be about 850 years old.
The discovery in this huasteca affiliation site was registered during the consolidation work of said pre Hispanic structure. The osseous remains were distributed in front of a flight of stairs, in one of the ridges, and surrounding the edification, the greatest of these called Plaza de la Promesa, in which archaeological labors were done between last May and July, for their study and restoration.
Jorge Alberto Quiróz Moreno, responsible of the Valles de la Sierra Gorda Archaeological Project – in which the investigation, exploration and consolidation of Tancama was inscribed –, informed that the skeletons were moved to the Department of Archaeological Comparative Collections of INAH in Mexico City. Read more.
Physical anthropologist Jorge Arturo Talavera González examines 1 of 17 skeletons—including 11 child burials—unearthed recently in Mexico City. The remains, he said, offer evidence of a merchant neighborhood of an Aztec people known as the Tepanec, whose glory days were some 700 years ago.
Found with the remains of a newborn baby in her arms, the woman pictured above must have died after giving birth, said Talavera González, who is affiliated with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
In addition to graves, the excavation—which began two months ago in advance of the construction of a new apartment building—yielded objects that may speak to the religious beliefs of the little-known Tepanec. This figurine, explained Talavera González, is a combination of the goddess of rain and the goddess of corn.
Musical instruments—like this flute found in the grave of a teenager—were possibly meant to accompany the dead into the afterlife.
Archaeologists aren’t sure why many skeletons, including the body pictured, were found in the fetal position. But Talavera González said the bodies would have had to have been arranged within three hours of dying, before stiffening could set in-a decision that suggests the Tepanec understood the physical process of rigor mortis. More.
MEXICO CITY – A Mexican collector has handed over a batch of just over 200 artifacts – most of which date to between 700 A.D and 1,100 A.D. and show the development of Mayan cities in the country’s southeast – to the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH.
The pieces were delivered by 76-year-old Luis Arana, whose father, Hector Arana, one of the first tourist guides in the mountainous region of Yucatan state, built the collection between 1930 and 1960, or before the founding of INAH.
Although the archaeological context in which the pieces were discovered is unknown (they were given to Hector Arana by people who found them and knew of his interest in collecting), expert Ricardo Rodolfo Antorcha said in a statement that most came from the Puuc region and belonged to the Cehpech ceramic complex.
The pieces turned over to the INAH Center in Yucatan state are believed to date to between the end of the Mayans’ Late Classic period (700-750 A.D.) and the latter stage of the Terminal Classic period (1000-1,100 A.D.). Read more.
The ruins aren’t particularly impressive, just some stone and clay footings for houses that probably supported walls of wood or clay wattle. And it’s that very ordinariness that has experts excited.
The remnants being uncovered in the hills east of Mexico City at a spot known as Amecameca are from an ancient neighborhood — a home to regular folks.
"What makes this important is that it is a residential area, not a ceremonial or religious site," said Felipe Echenique, a historian for the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, which is in charge of reviewing the site.
"In Mexico, we really have very little evidence of how the cities really were, or how people lived," said Echenique, who was not involved in the dig but is familiar with preliminary findings.
Towering pyramids in Mexico like Chichen Itza or temple complexes like Uxmal are well known, but the vast urban centers that supported those ceremonial centers largely disappeared. Read more.
A figure in the shape of a serpents’ head decorates a newly discovered platform at the archaeological site Templo Mayor in Mexico City, Mexico.
An Aztec symbol of war decorates a newly discovered platform at the archaeological site.
Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, left, stands over a newly discovered platform at the archaeological site of Templo Mayor in Mexico City. Read more.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Archaeologists found a round Aztec ceremonial platform studded with stone carvings of serpent heads at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor ruin, raising hopes in the search for an emperor’s tomb, authorities said Thursday.
No Aztec ruler’s tomb has ever been located and researchers have been on a five-year quest to find a royal tomb in the area of the Templo Mayor, a complex of two huge pyramids and numerous smaller structures that contained the ceremonial and spiritual heart of the pre-Hispanic Aztec empire.
Mexico’s National Institute of History and Anthropology said the stone platform is about 15 yards (meters) in diameter and probably built around A.D. 1469. The site lies in downtown Mexico City, which was built by Spanish conquerors atop the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Read more.