– The Monument 32 or Moon Calendar, more ancient than the Aztec Calendar.

– Investment of 800 thousand pesos for the rescue of the monolith.

The discovery of the Monument 32in Tamtoc, eight meters long, four meters and a half high, a thickness of 32 centimeters and a weight between 10 and 12 tons, can generate radical changes in the concepts of the Mesoamerican culture, which might have had its origin here, in the potosinian Huasteca.

The archaeologist Guillermo Ahuja informed that to conclude the rescue of the piece and to continue with the studies, the State Government has joined efforts with the INAH for an investment of 800 thousand pesos, so that by middle of May, when rescue works be finished, the archaeological site will open to the public.

He explained that the Sun Stone, astronomical instrument also known as Aztec Calendar, dates approximately 1400 A.D., while the monument 32 is from 700, that is to say 700 previous years and with a very advanced iconography in diverse areas of the knowledge.

According to archaeological research, the Monument 32 is one of the most ancient representations of the Mesoamerican art, where it is possible to appreciate the presence of two feminine figures, from which sprout watercourses, same that apparently indicate the importance of the vital liquid and its relation with the generation of life, since also birds are represented.

Four years after the State Government bought the property it was proposed the creation of a trust, which has received similar contributions from the State Government, INAH and from the Banamex Cultural Fund.

Ahuja points out that the idea is to shape an interdisciplinary group integrated by linguists, ethnologists, historians, archaeologists and epigraphists, to continue with the works of rescue and of epigraphic interpretation.

In the related to the archaeological work, he affirmed that the studies of the monolith 32 indicate that the huasteca culture is present from the preClassic to the postClassic, with elements that can give a radical change in the concepts that traditionally prevailed on the Mesoamerican culture.

Gary C. Daniels

Gary C. Daniels is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated television, video and multimedia writer and producer. He has a M.A. degree in Communications from Georgia State University in Atlanta, a B.F.A. degree in TV Production from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an A.A. degree in Art from the College of Coastal Georgia. He has appeared on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Science Channel and History Channel. His History Channel appearance became the highest-rated episode in the network's history. He has a passion for Native American history and art. He is the founder and publisher of LostWorlds.org.

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