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May 15, 2020

Cave Full of Untouched Maya Artifacts Found at Chichén Itzá

[Smithsonian] It’s a stroke of luck that Pinto decided not to remove the artifacts from the cave all those years ago. The untouched state of the cave system gives researchers a chance to investigate how much cultural exchange took place between the Maya civilization and other Central American cultures, and perhaps learn more about the Maya before Chichén Itzá went into decline. Cutting edge 3-D mapping, paleobotany and other recent techniques will all aid in the research effort....

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Apr 09, 2020

Gold bar found beneath Mexico City street was part of Moctezuma's treasure

[National Post] A new scientific analysis of a large gold bar found decades ago in downtown Mexico City reveals it was part of the plunder Spanish conquerors tried to carry away as they fled the Aztec capital after native warriors forced a hasty retreat...

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Mar 23, 2020

Xalapa Museum of Anthropology

[Atlas Obscura] The fascinating anthropology museum in Xalapa houses a staggering collection of over 25,000 artifacts representing a diverse array of cultures, from the Aztec to the Huastec, Totonac, and Mayan civilizations. But the most significant exhibits are undoubtedly those from the enormous collection of artifacts belonging to the mother civilization of Mesoamerica, the Olmeca...

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Feb 20, 2020

Ancient Aztec records reveal hidden earthquake risk

[National Geographic] According to the Anales de Tlatelolco, the earth cracked open in central Mexico on February 19, 1575. The ancient codex, composed around the time the Aztec Empire fell to Spanish conquistadors, features a story of a convulsion that lasted for up to five days, creating landslides and opening up a nearly three-mile-long scar in the ground...

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Jan 28, 2020

Archaeologists Discover Two Anchors Dating to the Conquest of Mexico

[The Maritime Executive] Archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have discovered a set of two archaic anchors of the coast of Veracruz, and the artifacts' design dates from the era of conquistador Hernán Cortés. In the 16th century, the area was a busy trading hub for Spanish vessels, and they provide new context for the early Spanish presence in the region...

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Jan 13, 2020

Food fight: How a community in Mexico used food to resist the Aztec empire

[Vanderbilt University] As a bioarchaeologist, Alcantara studies how Tlaxcallan, an ancient city in Mexico, was able to resist the dominant power of the Aztec empire. Alcantara has discovered that food was key...

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Dec 30, 2019

Under Mexico City

[Archaeology] Beneath the capital's busy streets, archaeologists are discovering the buried world of the Aztecs...

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Dec 11, 2019

Archaeologists discover secret Aztec tunnel

[Daily Mail] Archaeologists have unearthed a secret Aztec tunnel that has been hiding under the bustling streets outside of Mexico City for more than 600 years.Adorned with carvings and paintings, the passageway that dates back to the 15th century was built by Emperor Montezuma I and linked to the god of water and fertility – Tlaloc...

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Nov 18, 2019

Zaachila Ruins

[Atlas Obscura] You can explore the halls of tombs in the abandoned former capital of the Zapotecs...

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Oct 11, 2019

Chichen Itza 101: Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mexico’s Famous Ruins

[Foder's] The most popular destination in Mexico is just a day-trip away from North America's only Seven Wonders of the World entry. Here's what you need to know about the "American Egypt." ...

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