The massive pre-Columbian site of Teotihuacan just outside of Mexico City still has many mysteries. Reaching its height around 200 AD after the completion of two enormous pyramids, archaeologists still know very little about who built this place or why. As mysterious as the pyramids is the fact that they were constructed over enormous underground [...]
Over the past 100 years countless archaeological sites have been destroyed to provide road fill for America’s growing transportation network. Sadly, this tradition appears to be alive and well in Belize where a contractor recently bulldozed a Mayan temple at a site known as Noh Mul (“Big Hill”) in order to provide fill for a [...]
The standard story of the origins of Maya civilizations has them evolving from the “mother culture” of Mesoamerica, the Olmecs. Yet the latest research shows that this may not be the case and the Maya likely originated their own ideas about how to construct a city.
The Florentine Codex contains a wealth of information about the Aztecs written by the Aztecs themselves and translated by the Spanish priest Sahagun. Having been completed in 1577 the book has now finally arrived on the Internet. Find out more below: Historia general de las cosas de nueva España (General history of the things of [...]
Tobacco was one of the most important substances among Native American tribes in the New World. At the time of European discovery this agricultural product was widespread throughout the Americas. How and when tobacco arrived in different regions throughout the New World is one of the questions those of us who are interested in long [...]
2013 symposium brings together scholars, academics in Mesoamerican studies Los Angeles, CA – Featuring 15 distinguished scholars who are leaders in the field of Mesoamerica, Cal State L.A.’s Art History Society presents “Jaguars, Eagles and Feathered Serpents: Mesoamerica Re-explored,” on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. The 2013 Mesoamerican Symposium, which pays homage to the life and work of renowned archaeologist Michael D. [...]
‘Mayan Blue’ is a documentary film that follows the journey of an ancient Mayan site recently discovered beneath the waters of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Through the investigation of the 2000-year-old city of Samabaj, the film explores the Mayan view of the cosmos and their ancient mythologies. The findings reveal a catastrophe the likes of which [...]
New DNA testing has proven definitively that several Native American dog breeds, including the Chihuahua and Carolina Dog, have been in North America for thousands of years and can trace their genetic heritage back to Asia not Europe as was previously conjectured. A year ago my research report entitled “Ancient Chihuahuas in Southeastern U.S.?” produced [...]
Over the past year there has been much debate about the possible presence of Maya in America, specifically in Georgia. Certain academics were quite vocal in their opposition to this idea stating emphatically that there was “no evidence” of a Maya presence in Georgia. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this article from [...]
Linguist David Kaufman at the University of Kansas has found compelling linguistic evidence of trade contact between Mexico and the Southeastern U.S. In a lecture given on November 2, 2012 Kaufman presented evidence of this linguistic connection between the Totonacs and Maya and various tribes in the Southeastern United States. For instance, the Totonac word [...]
A composite photograph of the front and back of the jade gouge shown with a centimeter scale. CREDIT: Les O’Neil, University of Otago An international team of archaeologists and geologists has found an extremely unusual example of jade in the Southwest Pacific, thousands of miles away from the nearest known geological source. The small green [...]
Rock-art has been discovered and recorded in forty sites in northeastern Guanajuato, Mexico, as part of an ongoing project carried out by researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The majority of the images were created by hunter-gatherers who occupied the area during the 1-5 centuries AD, but religious iconography and inscriptions were also discovered dating to the colonial era, as well as the 19th and early 20th centuries.