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Mexico: Life Forms as old as 50,000 years found in cave network

Theguardian.com reported in a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.

The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston, head of Nasa’s Astrobiology Institute.

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“It’s super life,” said Boston, who presented the discovery on Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston. She said the creatures were like time machines. Read Article

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Cuenca Ecuador: Nearly 500 year old street reopens after being closed for 50 years

SPEAK LIKE AN ECUADORIAN – READ THE BOOK – SPANISH SLANG ECUADOR eltelegrafo.com.ec reported the small artery is located in the historical center. There are still pending work to be done by the Municipality of the city. Regional Writing South The reopening of Santa Ana Street in Cuenca was not attended by the municipal authorities. […]

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Nazca Lines Peru: new geoglyphs found after sand storms

(Phys.org) —While flying over the famous Nazca desert recently, pilot Eduardo Herrán Gómez de la Torre spotted some geoglyphs that had not been seen before. He believes the geoglyphs or Nazca Lines, as others call them, were exposed after recent sand-storms carried away soil that was covering them. The Nazca Lines have become world famous, […]

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Pucara de Rumicucho, Incan Stone Fortress north of Quito Ecuador

Pucara de Rumicucho Is More than just an Incan Stone Fortress ancient-origins.net/Alicia McDermott reported the ruins of the Pucará de Rumicucho are well-preserved walls of an Pre-hispanic, Incan fortress. They are located a one hour drive north of Quito, Ecuador. The fortress was built in the end of the 15th century by Tupac Yupanqui, the […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: City is preserving landmarks of its ancesetral beginnings

elcomercio.com / Giovany Estudillo / Cuenca is based on the Cañari cities of Guapondelig and Inca of Tumipampa . Its original layout evoked the figure of a cougar . This contribution was published in the book ‘Guapondelik / Tumipampa / Cuenca, Cultural Footprints and Territorial Transformation’. This study reflects the conception of the organization of […]

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Quito Ecuador: Center Historic Area Losing Population

In the Plaza de San Francisco, where the church and convent of the same name stand, fences have blocked off the construction site for the Quito subway for months, as work has been stalled while archaeological finds are assessed. Quito’s historic centre is the biggest in Latin America. QUITO, Nov 30 2016 (IPS) author- Mario […]

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Ecuador: Could a Buried Incan Gold Stash be in Llanganates National Park?

Llanganates National Park, Ecuador Inaccessibility and mysticism surrounding the mist-veiled mountains of the central Andes make this region promising to hide treasures. With an area of 2197 km2, most of the Llanganates National Park, Ecuador, is nearly unreachable and is traversed only by foot. However, fieldwork conducted by researchers from the Museo de Zoología at […]

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Honduras: Archaeologists begin excavation of possible “White City Ruins”

telegraph.co.uk reported Honduran officials said on Friday that archaeologists have begun excavations at a mysterious site on Honduras’ Caribbean coast that may be the long-rumoured “White City” ruins. Officials said excavation that began Wednesday have so far unearthed about five dozen stone and ceramic fragments and other artefacts. Also known as the “City of the […]

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Ecuador: Giant Skeletons in Amazon region sent to Germany for analysis

Strikingly tall skeletons uncovered in the Ecuador and Peru Amazon region are undergoing examination in Germany, according to a research team headed by British anthropologist Russell Dement. Will these remains prove that a race of tall people existed hundreds of years ago deep in the Amazonian rainforest? Since 2013, the team has reported finding half […]

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Andes: Archaeologists locate unidentified lineage in mummy

theguardian.com reported archaeologists and geneticists have sequenced the genome of a boy sacrificed 500 years ago during an Incan ritual in the Andes, finding a previously unidentified lineage that hints at genetic diversity before the Spanish landed in the Americas. Spanish geneticists extracted the DNA of a mummy found in the icy heights of Aconcagua, […]

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Honduras: Troops dispatched to protect “lost city” from looters

telegraph.co.uk reported the Honduran president has dispatched troops to protect a “lost city” rediscovered deep in the jungle amid fears that looters could pillage ancient artefacts from the abandoned home of an unknown civilisation. There were deep divisions among the expedition team that found the site in the Mosquitia rainforest about whether to remove ancient […]

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Ecuador to receive 10,000 archeological pieces from Italy

telesurtv.net reported 3,858 archeological pieces and a bit more than 1,000 copies will arrive in Ecuador from Italy in mid-November. Sebastián González, head of the Technical Commission Against Illegal Trade of Goods, informed that before December they expect to have recovered at least 10,000 ransacked archeological treasures. To accomplish the 10,000 goal, the Ecuadorian government […]

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UNESCO declares wreck found near Haiti is not Columbus’s Santa Maria

theguardian.com reported….Haiti shipwreck is not Columbus’s Santa Maria, says Unesco UN researchers find proof that wreck initially believed to have been explorer’s flagship is actually from later period. Claims that a wreck found off Haiti was Christopher Columbus’s flagship from his first voyage to the Americas have been scuttled after experts determined it was that […]

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Potosi Bolivia: Grave with 400 unearthed, belieed to be colonial miners

According to BBC.com, a grave containing at least 400 people has been unearthed in the Bolivian city of Potosi, with the remains thought to be those of colonial-era miners. The grave was found by workers carrying out excavations for the construction of a new building. The mine at Potosi became the world’s biggest after silver […]

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Peru: Archaelogists discover tomb of ancient Mochica ruler

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered the tomb of an elite Mochica ruler at the Huaca de la Luna archaeological complex, an ancient temple located in what is now the city of Trujillo on the north coast of Peru, which was dedicated entirely to making human sacrifices as offerings to the deity of the mountains. According […]

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New Incan Trail Discovered near Machu Picchu

Specialists at the Machu Picchu archaeological park have announced the discovery of a new section of Inca road. Archaeologists have discovered a new section of Inca Road— and this one leads right to Machu Picchu. According to Andina news agency, the newly discovered road is about one and a half kilometers long, and varies between […]

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Made From Bone Trickster Myths Music and History from the Amazon

LATIN AMERICA BOOK REVIEW RECORDED BOOK INTERVIEWS WITH AUTHORS ABOUT LATIN AMERICA MADE-FROM-BONE TRICKSTER MYTHS, MUSIC, AND HISTORY FROM THE AMAZON RECORDED INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DR. JONATHAN D. HILL PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY July 14, 2010 length 01:39:47  Purchase:  Made from Bone: Trickster Myths, Music, and History from the Amazon (Interp Culture […]

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Mexico: Skeleton 13,000 years old discovered

North America’s Oldest Skeleton Discovery: 13,000-Year-Old Body of ‘Naia’ Discovered in Mexico ibtimes.co.uk reported one of the oldest human skeletons in North America has been discovered by a team of international scientists in an underwater Yucatán Peninsula cave. Named “Naia”, the teenager fell to her death in a large pit called Hoyo Nego, meaning “black […]

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Ecuador: 2014 increase in theft of historical artifacts

Elcomercio.com reported that trafficking in stolen artifacts from Ecuador has shown an increase in 2014. The Ecuadorian National Institute of Cultural Patrimony revealed that so far in 2014, there have been 17 reports of stolen historical items. Most of the thefts have occurred from convents, churches, and museums. MAJOR MARKETS FOR STOLEN ITEMS OF HISTORICAL […]

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Chile: network of caves discovered, may hold clues to development of continents

Theguardian.com (video report) Scientists have discovered a network of caves on a remote island off the coast of south-west Chile. The team of French and Chilean researchers found a system of around 20 limestone caves, some of which are 50 metres deep, on Diego de Almagro. They hope the caves may hold clues as to […]

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Quito Ecuador: Archaeologists find building dating from 2200 BC

EFE/laprensasa.com reported that Archaeologists discovered a building from around 2,200 B.C. in an archaeological and ecological park in the Ecuadorian capital at the foot of Pichincha Volcano, sources at the excavations told Efe. “It is the most ancient archaeological find in Rumbipapa Park and in the city of Quito,” park supervisor Bernarda Icaza told Efe, […]

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Brazil: new species of river dolphin discovered

Scientists have discovered a new species of dolphin in the Amazon River system for the first time in almost 100 years – and say it should immediately be given endangered status. Experts from the Federal University of Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil found that a small group of river dolphins, also known as botos, in the […]

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Archaeological site discovered in Ecuador may rival size of Machu Picchu in Peru

telegraph.co.uk reported… It sounds like a plot from an Indiana Jones film, but explorers claim to have found ruins hidden deep in a dense and dangerous Amazonian jungle that could solve many of South America’s mysteries – and lead to one of the world’s most sought-after treasures. The multinational team, including Britons, has located the […]

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Ecuador: archaeological site discovered may hold last Incan emperor’s remains

theprovince.com reported that a multinational team has located the site in a remote region in central Ecuador which it believes could represent one of the great archaeological discoveries. They have already unearthed a 260ft tall by 260ft wide structure, made up of hundreds of two-ton stone blocks, and believe there could be more, similar constructions […]

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Skeletons point to giants in Loja Ecuador

eutimes.net reported in Loja province, Southern Ecuador and Peru border, many strange relics have been uncovered. Bones and full skeletons very similar to those of humans but of incredible size. These artifacts have been watched over for many years by several guardians in the beautiful valleys of that Province. By far the most famous and […]

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Ecuador: Anthropologists claim at least five groups living in isolation in Amazon region

elcomercio.com reported that at least five groups living in voluntary isolation in the Amazon have been identified by different anthropologists. So says a report by a group that brings together 14 anthropologists in the country. They point out that Taromenane and tagaeri are not the only family living without much contact. Kati Alvarez, who studies […]

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Peru: Fish Fossils discovered near Lima, 135 million years old

Expreso.ec reported that three fossils of fish, 3 to 4 inches each, with a length of about 135 million years were discovered in an urban area of ​​Lima, said Wednesday the Ministry of Culture of Peru. The fossils belong to a “marine fauna that lived during the time geological Hauterivian, Lower Cretaceous, and outcrops were […]

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Guatemala: Ancient salt processing plant discovered

An industrial salt processing plant of the Maya pre-classic period in Guatemala, which once produced as much as 24,000 tonnes of salt annually, has been discovered. According to American archaeologist Brent Woodfill, it was discovered at Salinas de los Nueve Cerros (Saltworks of the Nine Hills), one of the most ancient cities of the Mayan […]

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Ecuador: Archaeologists discover remains of 3000 year old home in Amazon

French and Ecuadorian archaeologists discovered in Ecuador’s Pastaza province the nearly 3,000-year-old remains of what appears to be the oldest home in the Amazon region, the project chief told Efe.”We found postholes and stoves and a few vestiges of ceramics and stones,” Stephen Rostain said. Read Article Moving to Ecuador? Read this book first

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Archaelogy: Ecuador’s link to Asia

According to dispatch.com, Pottery offers a bonanza of information for archaeologists. It represents a revolution in container technology, and the clay from which it is made provides a canvas with many possibilities for self-expression.As a result, differences and similarities in pottery decorations can offer clues about cultural relationships over space and through time. Residues on […]

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Antartica: Russian researchers find unidentified life form under lake

ibtimes.co.uk reported that an unknown life form has been discovered thousands of feet under the ice in an Antarctic lake. The bacteria was sealed off for millions of years under 12,000ft of ice in Lake Vostok, the RIA news agency reported. The finding came after Russian engineers drilled through the continent’s frozen crust last year, […]

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New evidence indicates maize cultivated in Peru 5,000 years ago

andina.com.pe reported that archaeological testing at ancient sites in the Norte Chico region of Peru demonstrates that corn was widely grown, intensively processed and constituted a primary component of the early Peruvians’ diet. The breakthrough research led by Field Museum curator Dr. Jonathan Haas is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences early […]

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Ancient temple discovered near Lima Peru, possibly 5,000 years old

AFP.com reported that Peruvian archeologists have discovered a temple believed to be about 5,000 years old at the ancient El Paraiso archeological site in a valley just north of Lima, the Culture Ministry said. If the date is confirmed, it would be among the oldest sites in the world, comparable to the ancient city of […]

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Machu Picchu Peru: skeletal remains found of high ranking person from pre-Hispanic times

peru21.pe reported that findings at skeletal remains in the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu . The Regional Directorate of Culture reported that Challaqata sector belonging to the Joint Archaeological Salapunku, found a funerary context of the pre-Hispanic period would correspond to an old character of great relevance. The discovery was made ​​during the research led […]

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Amazon Region Peru: discovered dinosaur tooth

A molar of a dinosaur was found half-buried in the province of Utcubamba, located in Peru’s Amazon region. The 400-gram tooth was discovered by a farmer in an area containing dinosaur, snail and mollusk fossils. Read Article

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Yale University returns last of archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu to Peru

The return is made according to an agreement reached between the two institutions With these 35,000 pieces Andean country recovers all relics. The return of the archaeological objects from Machu Picchu, under the agreement of 2010 between the Peruvian government and Yale University in the United States, concluded on Monday, just a month after the […]

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Mexico: researchers discover ancient Mexicans bred race of dog-wolf

Mexico-Archaeology Lavoz.com.ar reported that a group of Mexican researchers identified jaw bones found in the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacan as a race of wolf-dog that was apparently cross as a symbol of the city’s warriors. The National Institute of Anthropology and History said the jaw bones were found during excavations in 2004 and are the […]

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Ancient tomb discovered Peru near Chiclayo

Archaeologists discovered on Tuesday, a watery grave in northern Peru they say belongs to an important noble of the Lambayeque culture, buried there on the 12th or 13th century AD. The tomb was discovered at the archaeological site of Chotuna-Chornancap about 8 miles west of the city of Chiclayo, in northern Peru. Read Article

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Arequipa Peru: First prison case of individual trafficking in archaeological cultural heritage items

The first case of imprisonment for illicit traffic of cultural heritage took place in Arequipa ordered preventive prison for nine months against Jhony Narrea Ramos was arrested several times for committing the offense, reported the Regional Directorate of Culture. The Regional Director of Culture, Julia Bustinza Barreda said that the Public Ministry denounced Narrea for […]

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Mayan temple discovered Guatemala

Some 1,600 years ago, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar. Long since lost to the Guatemalan jungle, the temple is finally showing its faces to archaeologists, and revealing new clues about […]

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Peru: Geologist attempting to conserve ancient whale cemetery

In arid southern Peru, geologists are fighting time and the elements to preserve a precious find: a vast whale cemetery dating back millions of years. The fossilized remains of roughly 15 of the majestic marine mammals that lived three to 20 million years ago are currently on view in the Ocucaje desert some 310 kilometres […]

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Peru: New section of Inca Trail discovered near Machu Picchu

An Inca trail over four kilometers, parallel to the traditional leading to Machu Picchu was discovered by a group of specialists and technicians of the Regional Directorate of Culture (DRC) from Cusco , which carried out maintenance work, experts announced today. Oscar Montufar La Torre, resident archaeologist of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , […]

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Ecuador negotiating return of archaeological pieces from U.S. museum

More than three thousand archaeological pieces Ecuador, including the most impressive works of the Manta culture, rest in the vaults of a museum in Washington, where the government said today that wants to get to a better understanding of the country’s history. Read Article

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Tohono O’odham petroglyphs of interest near Caborca Mexico

Historical records on the ethnicity Tohono O’odham, who realize their worldview through petroglyphs of turtles, deer, human figures and cosmogony, like the sun and moon live in harmony within the archaeological site ” The Provider “, located 15 miles west of this town. With a desert climate, a day reaches 55 degrees Celsius and at […]

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Uzhcurrumi Ecuador, the lost city of archeology

For the commission of the project “History of the Townships of the Province of El Oro, ‘the most important archaeological features in the Parish Uzhcurrumi in Passage, and they have called’ The Second World Machu Pichu ‘. “If we continue with the excavations may constitute as such at this time we can say that we […]

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Honduras, residents of Bay Islands reporting looting of Spanish Galleon by U.S. citizen

Inhabitants of the Bay Islands urge the authorities of the Special Prosecutor for Ethnic and Cultural Heritage to investigate people who perform from the previous month, probably, extraction of archaeological artifacts from a Spanish galleon submerged in the Caribbean Sea. The news Teleprensa Roatan Channel 27 reported in the last days of the galleon objects […]

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Peru: Ministry of Culture to push major archaeological sites protection program 2012

Peruvian Ministry of Culture will implement in 2012 a demarcation and protection project of all the ruins (archaeological sites) nationwide, said the general director of Cultural Heritage Paloma Carcedo. She told Andina that said initiative will involve a joint work of the regional governments, municipalities and settlers who live close to the archaeological legacy, also […]

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Ancient cave paintings discovered in Churcampa Peru

The president of the Cave Art Peruvian Association, Gori Echevarria reported on Thursday the finding of cave paintings depicting humans, animals and geometric figures (circa 8-12,000 years old) in the province of Churcampa, located in the country’s central Huancavelica region. Echevarria said six cave paintings were identified in a 20-meter stone wall in the last […]

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Fossils of a sloth of 8000 years ago discovered in Argentina

Researchers at the Paleontological Museum of the city of San Pedro Argentina found fossils of a sloth of 8000 years ago, scientists reported Thursday. The discovery was made ​​in a field of San Pedro, some 160 kilometers north of the capital of Argentina, and corresponds to the complete skull of a Glossotherium (extinct genus of […]

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Bolivia and United States sign agreement against illegal trafficking in Bolivia’s archaeological pieces

Bolivia and the United States decided to extend until December 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to protect the cultural heritage of the country. According to a press release from the Department of State United States, published on its website, the memorandum will enable to maintain the restrictions “on imports of archaeological material from pre-Columbian cultures […]

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Peru, archaeologists discover remains of person believed to have lived 800 years before Christ

Chiclayo, archaeologists discovered the region’s gold instruments in the tomb of a character who lived 800 years before Christ, whose importance could rival that of the Lord of Sipan. According to archaeologists, this gentleman who occupied these arid lands was buried with seven companions and all instruments used to perform your ceremony, which were gold, […]

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pre-Inca sacrificed babies found in Peru

Researchers at the Sillustani archaeological site in Peru say they have found the bodies of 44 children thought to have been sacrificed between 600 and 700 years ago. They were buried in pairs in baskets placed around stone funerary towers. Read Article

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Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900, recorded interview with editor Dr. Joanne Pillsbury

Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530-1900. THREE VOLUME SET [Hardcover] – Recorded interview with editor Dr. Joanne Pillsbury (Recording Time- 01:31:16 ) Recorded October 28, 2011. Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Press (2008) – Published in Collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. PURCHASE BOOK:Guide to […]

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Tomb of Indigenous leader discovered in Lambayeque, Peru

The tomb of an alleged officer of prehispanic culture 1,200 years old was found in Lambayeque, experts said Monday. The remains , which date from the tenth century AD, which consist of a crown and winged eye mask copper and silver, ceramic vessels and two adult chaperones, were found four feet deep in the archaeological […]

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Archaeologists locate tools older than 9,000 years in Baja California, Mexico

In the Cape region in Baja California Sur, archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) located a site with hundreds of rudimentary tools made by man in the late Early Holocene epoch (11,000 to 8,000 years) . The discovery of these objects, that are older than 9,000 years, supporting the hypothesis about […]

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Foreign tourist numbers up at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, Peru

The influx of foreign tourists to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum in Peru’s northern Lambayeque region grew by 13 percent through September this year, due to the opening of a laboratory for the restoration of pre-Columbian jewelry, locala authorities said Tuesday. Read Article

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Antartica, Argentine and Swedish scientists uncover oldest known whale fossils

Swedish scientists found in Argentina and the Antarctic Peninsula the whale fossils found so far the oldest in the world, and the first of its kind discovered in the continent. This archaeocetes has about 49 million years, which shows that the “semi-aquatic whales” became fully marine much earlier than previously thought. The discovery was made […]

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Oldest Catholic church in Peru may have been located

A 16th century Catholic Church – believed to be Peru’s oldest – was discovered outside the northern coastal city of Piura. According to an article of Fox News Latino based on an Associated Press report, the church was built in 1534 but its mud walls deteriorated over time as Spanish conquistadors abandoned the area, said […]

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Mexico: Tarahumara Mummies Discovered in Chihuahua

Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found two partially mummified bodies and one skeleton of Tarahumara (Rarámuri) ancestry in a large cave in the Chihuahuan mountains, Noticieros Televisa reports. The bodies are believed to be between 800 and 1000 years old and are part of a pre-Hispanic cemetery in which […]

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Mexico: Colossal Olmec Treasures at the Museum of Anthropology

More than 100 large pieces from the Olmec civilization, which date back more than 4000 years, are being presented at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City as part of the exposition Colossal Works of the Olmec World, according to a release from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The exhibition includes […]

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Mexico: Evidence Found of Cannibalism among Xiximes

After four years of investigations, specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have confirmed that the pre-Hispanic Xiximes in northern Mexico practiced cannibalism for religious purposes, according to a report released by the institute. Anthropological studies on 40 sets of human bones revealed that they showed signs of being cut and boiled, […]

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Peru, Machu Picchu possibly becoming to popular

Reporting from Machu Picchu, Peru— At the top of the mountain, where an attendant will take your $46 ticket, foot traffic is steady and cellphone reception is excellent. At the bottom of the same mountain, the town teems with pizzerias, tourists chatter in half a dozen languages and a school band director is herding his […]

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Mexico, U.S. military conducted archaelogical excavations, Chihuahua, in 1916

A group of 50 American soldiers came to Chihuahua in the Punitive Expedition against the Centaur of the North, conducted research in the San Joaquin Canyon Found 13 pre-Hispanic sites, some of which were excavated, representing one of the first archaeological work in that entity. On March 15, 1916 the U.S. Army came to Chihuahua […]

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Peru: Tourists Who Haven’t Purchased Online Tickets Cannot Enter Machu Picchu

According to RPP.com.pe the Regional Director of Culture, Juan Julio Garcia Rivas says the availability of tickets is not their responsibility and that all ticket sales for Machu Picchu have to be made online or through an authorized ticket agency. Rivas says tourists that were not able to enter Machu Picchu in the last couple […]

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Lamayeque, Peru: Archeological Site, Remains Discovered, About 700 Years Old

According to ElComercio.pe archeologists found remains that date back 700 years 25 kilometers from the archeological site of Chotuna-Chornancap. Scientists believe that the findings are connected to the ancient belief of human sacrifice. Along with human remains, scientists found altars, friezes, ceremonial knives, pottery, copper objects and other objects from the Lambayeque civilization. The director […]

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Two Sculptures of Mayan Warriors Discovered in Mexico

Two elaborate, life-size sculptures of Mayan warriors were discovered at the archaelogical site of Toniná in southern Chiapas, El Universal reports. Archaeologists say the stone sculptures are approximately 1300 years old and depict in detail two captured warriors. They also have hieroglyphic inscriptions and specialists believe the information related by the sculptures will shed light […]

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Mexico: Largest-Ever Mayan “Cemetery” Found in Tabasco

Archaeologists with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found what is believed to be the largest pre-Hispanic cemetery yet discovered at the archaeological site of Comalcalco in Tabasco, Milenio reports. Archaeologists originally believed they were excavating housing remains, but soon discovered 66 funerary urns and 50 burial sites, all between 1,161 and […]

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Mexico: Large Tomb Discovered Amid Mayan Pyramids at Palenque

A small video camera has allowed archaelogists to discover a large tomb– untouched for over 1500 years– amid the Mayan ruins at Palenque, ABC Mexico reports. The tomb is believed to be of a high-ranking official who lived in the period between 431 and 550 ACE. The images from the video camera show red-painted walls […]

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Mexico and Israel Discuss Archaeological Conservation Challenges

Authorities at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have gathered a large panel of Mexican and Israeli experts for the symposium “Archaeology, Heritage and Identity: Challenges for the 21st Century. Mexico-Israel,” to be held between June 20 and June 23, 2011, El Economista reports. Twenty-eight total sessions will be held at the symposium. […]

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Ecuador’s Fight Against Cultural Artifact Trafficking, Repatriation From Abroad

On Wednesday June 8th the National Commission of the Fight Against Illicit Trafficking of Ecuador’s Heritage, held a meeting to discuss the illegal trafficking of Ecuador’s cultural property. Interpol reports that the drug trafficking, arms, sex trade, and trade of cultural property are the three largest illegal money-moving networks in the world. Ecuador has lost […]

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Argentina, skulls and mummies found in the mail

Customs agents at the Central Mail post-office in Buenos Aires uncovered archaeological remains of skulls and mummies wrapped in blankets and Inca fabrics, according to sdpnoticias.com. The package was shipped from La Paz, Bolivia to an Argentine citizen living in Buenos Aires who was arrested for smuggling. The Federal Public Revenue Administration said the remains […]

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Border Crossings, Transnational Americanist Anthropology, recorded interview with editor Kathleen S. Fine-Dare

‘Border Crossings – Transnational Americanist Anthropology’ – Recorded interview with editor Dr. Kathleen S. Fine-Dare (Co-editor, Dr. Steven L. Rebenstein) (Recording Time – 01:04:57) Purchase Book – Border Crossings: Transnational Americanist Anthropology For anthropologists and social scientists working in North and South America, the past few decades have brought considerable change as issues such as […]

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South America’s oldest textiles are 12,000 year old

Textiles and rope fragments found in a Peruvian cave have been dated to around 12,000 years ago, making them the oldest textiles ever found in South America, according to a report in the April issue of Current Anthropology. Read Article

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North Wales farmers heads to South America in search of ideas

FOR a young farmer used to the relative intimacy of the hills of North Wales, the sheer vastness of South America’s cattle ranches were an eye-popping sight. A greater surprise was the professionalism that underpinned much of the continent’s beef-rearing enterprises. Read Article

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Peru: Spectacularly preserved friezes found

Archaeologists in northern Peru have discovered unusual frescoes in a 1,100-year-old temple. The temple dates from the ancient Lambayeque culture which carried out hundreds of human sacrifices. It is full of a series of excellently-preserved friezes. Read Article

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Machu Picchu, Remodeling of the boarding area cancelled

Originally, the head of the Natural Protected Areas Service had endorsed a construction remodelling project for the boarding area at the main entrance of Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. However, the director of SERNANP cancelled the program declaring that they did not have the power to declare such a project of the protected natural area (PNA). […]

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Cracked Mayan Code May Point to 8 Tons of Lost Treasure

Buried beneath a lake in Guatamala sits a fortune in lost treasure — Mayan gold to be precise — and a group of German archaeologists has just set off to find it. Their only guidance, a freshly decoded ancient book containing a map to the treasure. Read Article

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More geoglyphs found in Peru

Japanese researchers have discovered 138 more hills and lines in Peru near the world-famous Nazca lines and geoglyphs. The purpose of the formations, thought to have been created more than 2,000 years ago, is unknown. Read Article

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Argentina adds import restrictions to 200 goods

Despite serious trade spats in the past with major trade partners China and Brazil, Argentina has slapped new import restrictions on 200 goods in a bid to protect its domestic industry after a 46 per cent surge in imports last year.The government said it was applying non-automatic licences to the new list of goods, which […]

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Yale, Peru university sign deal on returning artifacts removed Machu Picchu nearly century ago

Yale University announced Friday that it will send back to Peru thousands of Incan artifacts removed from the famed Machu Picchu citadel nearly a century ago. Read Article

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NYC museum is giving antiquities to Costa Rica

The Brooklyn Museum is preparing to give about 5,000 pre-Columbian artifacts in its collection to Costa Rica as part of a housekeeping move to trim its vast holdings. Read Article

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Peru to promote alternative archaeological sites to Machu Picchu

Culture Minister Juan Ossio has stressed the need to increase public awareness and interest in Peru’s archaeological heritage by promoting alternative sites to Machu Picchu, the country’s top tourist attraction. Read Article

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Peru, police disperse land squatters at archaelogical site

This past Friday, national police were called to the archaeology site of Huayacán Pariachi located in Distrito Ate., in the province of Lima. Thousands of Peruvians had taken possession the hillsides around the site. A police helicopter was called in and sprayed the residents with tear gas. Inhabitants claimed the may had offered the space […]

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Peru, 85 million yearl old fossil discovered

Paleontologists say they have discovered an 85-million-year-old fossil of a previously unknown squid species from the Cretaceous era in northeastern Peru. “It is a new species of squid, totally new, that has not been seen in other parts of the world,” paleontologist Klaus Honninger said. Read Article

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Pre-Columbian site in Mexico dated to 1500 BCE

Prehispanic ceramics, human skeletons and vestiges of dwelling and ceremonial areas are part of findings registered by archaeologists over a decade of excavations at Tepoztlan, Morelos (Mexico). This discovery reveals that the site had been in use earlier than the accepted date, which goes back to 1,500 BCE. This date surpasses the chronologies to date […]

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Inca Trail, rains affect part of trail

Heavy rains in Peru’s Cuzco region have caused a landslide on part of the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu, state news agency Andina reported the regional director of Culture, Juan Julio Garcia, as saying. The incident occurred along the last leg of the trail close to the Wiñay Wayna ruin, the report said. […]

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Museum Wants to Return Objects To Costa Rica, But There’s a Hitch

The Brooklyn Museum wants to return to Costa Rica several thousand pre-Columbian bowls, above, and other artifacts that have been kept in storage for decades. The national museum there wants the items, but lacks the money to cover packing and shipping. Read Article

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Smugglers plunder fossils of Peru

Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific, the sparse desert surrounding this outpost in southern Peru looks like one of the world’s most desolate areas. Barren mountains rise from windswept valleys. Dust devils dance from one dune to the next. But to the bone hunters who stalk the Ocucaje Desert each day, the punishing winds […]

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Ancient citadel, metal artifact found in northern Peru

Rangers at the Cordillera de Colan Reserved Zone in Amazonas, northern Peru, have found what is believed to be an Inca citadel as well as some stone and metal artifacts during a routine patrolling in the Cajaruro district. Biologist Leyda Gueiler said the metal artifact (pictured) seems to be a war shield while the stone […]

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