Aztec Florentine Codex Now Online

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 […]

First physical evidence of tobacco in a Mayan container

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 […]

Cal State L.A. pays homage to Michael D. Coe

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” film explores history of Maya civilization

‘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 […]

DNA Reveals Chihuahua and Carolina Dog originated in America and Asia

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 […]

Cahokia-Moundville-Etowah Artifacts Unearthed at Mayan site in Mexico

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 […]

Language Evidence of Mesoamerican Trade Contact in Southeastern U.S.

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 […]

New Release: Mayan Calendar Prophecies | Part 1: Predictions for 2012 and Beyond

Mayan Calendar Prophecies | Part 1: Predictions for 2012 and Beyond is the first part of a four-part series exploring the ancient Maya and their prophecies, predictions and mythology. This book explores the only Mayan books of prophecy in existence which were known as the Chilam Balam. These prophecies were based on the Mayan belief that a 256-year cycle governed the rise and fall of civilizations. They developed this system by looking for patterns in their historical chronicles which documented thousands of years of Mayan history. By carefully analyzing the events that happened in the past they were able to detect a pattern of repeating events that occurred on a regular cycle. Based on an analysis of events that happened in the past they were then able to make predictions about the future.

Origin of Ancient Jade Tool Baffles Scientists

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 […]

Forty New Rock Art Sites in Mexico

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.

The Hidden World of the Maritime Maya

Ancient port site was used periodically between 800 B.C. and 1521 A.D. Explorers sit atop the ancient Maya pyramid at Vista Alegre. The pyramid stands 35-feet tall and may have been used by Maya lookouts to monitor approaching and departing canoes. (Credit: Image courtesy of Proyecto Costa Escondida Maritime Maya 2011 Expedition, NOAA-OER.) NOAA-sponsored explorers […]

Mexican archaeologists look back on a banner year

A roughly 1,000-year-old Maya sarcophagus, vestiges of an extinct tribe, the oldest tomb in Mesoamerica, dinosaur fossils and human remains dating from the early 8th century are some of the most noteworthy archaeological finds made in Mexico during 2010.

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