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Explore the Mesoamerican Ball Game: Online and Interactive

Kuddos to my student Matthew who sent me this website. We are on the Mesoamerican section right now in my history course. The ballgame was an integral and pervasive activity throughout Ancient Mesoamerica. It is in their history, religion, and art. … Continue reading

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Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2012

Today, Archaeology Magazine has rolled out its “Top 10 Discoveries of 2012.” The list includes (in no particular order): Maya Sun God Mask Neanderthal Medicine Chest First Use of Poison Aztec Ritual Burial Caesar’s Gallic Outpost Europe’s Oldest Engraving The … Continue reading

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Mayan Tomb Holds Royal Burial

Archaeologists working at Uxul have uncovered a Royal Burial. The tomb contains the remains of a man in his early to mid-twenties and several artifacts indicative of a prestigious burial. The young prince, however, does not appear to have been … Continue reading

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Mass Grave Found in Mexico Identified as Ancient Victims

A mass grave recently uncovered in Mexico has, fortunately, been identified as more than 1,000 years old – putting to rest fears that they were victims of modern violence. The grave contains more than 160 people (men and women) who … Continue reading

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Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2011

This month’s Archaeology Magazine highlights the top ten finds of the 2011 Field Season. The list includes: A Viking Boat Burial in Scotland A Neolithic Community in Jordan Open Source Australopithecus in South Africa First Domesticated Dogs in the Czech Republic … Continue reading

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Sorry – the Maya did *not* Predict the End of the World in 2012

2012 – it’s been the subject of conspiracy theories, catastrophic predictions, and terrible, terrible films. People frequently cite the ‘ancient wisdom’ of the Maya that the end of the world is nigh. However, the 2012 phenomenon is one of the … Continue reading

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My First Archaeological Dig

When I was 19 years old, I ventured into the jungles of Central America to excavate a Mayan Site. It was a Classic, Late-Classic Site located at Chan Chich outside of Gallon Jug. It was when I fell in love … Continue reading

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Archaeologists Uncover Nearly Pristine Mayan Road

Archaeologists from the University of Colorado Boulder have uncovered a nearly pristine Mayan road in El Salvador. The remains were covered by volcanic ash during an eruption in 600 CE. The road was a surprise find for archaeologists, who stated: “Until our … Continue reading

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Two Maya Royal Burials Discovered

Archaeologists have recently uncovered two royal burials at Nakum, a Mayan archaeological site in Guatemala. The tombs date to 1,300 and 2,000 BP and filled with various luxuries (such as gold, jade, and elite pottery). These are the first royal … Continue reading

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“Triad of Felines” Monoliths Uncovered in Mexico

Recent excavations South of Mexico City in Chalcatzingo (a region known to have been connected with the Olmec culture) has uncovered a monolith, dating to approximately 700 BCE, depicting three feline figures (likely jaguars or mountain lions). After several months of piecing together … Continue reading

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