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Villagers discover ancient ball game statue in Mexico
Phys.Org ^ | May 21, 2013 | unattributed

Posted on 05/25/2013 5:50:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Villagers installing a water pipe in southwestern Mexico stumbled onto an ancient granite statue depicting a player from a pre-Hispanic ball game, the national anthropology institute said Monday.

The stone had been sliced at the neck, like a decapitation, and buried in a ritual that was common at the time, the National Anthropology and History Institute said in a statement.

There are indications that the 1.65-meter (5-foot-4) tall statue, which depicts a bow-legged ballplayer with his arms crossed, was built onto an I-shaped ball game field before it was buried and could be more than 1,000 years old.

Mesoamericans would paint objects in red and "kill" them by breaking them as offerings for rituals at the end of calendar cycles.

The monument was discovered in the pre-Hispanic site of Piedra Labrada, which includes five ancient ball fields in which teams battled to put a rubber ball through a circular stone by bouncing it on their hips. The statue may have been carved by the Mixtec indigenous group around the year 600.

Archeologist began to dig in the Piedra Labrada site more than a year ago and have since found 50 medium-sized buildings of up to five meters in height as well as around 20 sculptures ranging from snake heads to snails and humans with animal features.

The ball game fields along with temples and public squares show that Piedra Labrada was a "city with an important ritualistic role," the institute said.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: archaeology; godsgravesglyphs; history; mexico; mixtec; piedralabrada; precolumbian

Handout picture released by the National Institute of History and Anthropology (INAH) on May 20, 2013, showing an image of a player of a pre-Hispanic ball game, possibly dating back over 1,000 years in the State of Guerrero, Mexico.

INAH

1 posted on 05/25/2013 5:50:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 05/25/2013 5:51:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 240B; 75thOVI; Adder; albertp; asgardshill; At the Window; bitt; blu; BradyLS; cajungirl; ...

Here’s one we can’t post on FR. Seems like a good one to ping for the Digest members.

Archaeologists uncover nearly 5,000 cave paintings in Burgos, Mexico
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/archaeologists-uncover-nearly-5000-cave-paintings-in-burgos-mexico-8629253.html


3 posted on 05/25/2013 5:52:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Hispanic ball player.

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4 posted on 05/25/2013 5:54:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Archaeologist treats guests to 1,000-year-old recipes
http://www.sunad.com/index.php?tier=1&article_id=28248

[snip] Of the 30 coprolites he analyzed, 17 reflected no field-grown foods. The remaining samples revealed eight with corn and the other five with corn and other domestic foods. At the sites where corn had been the most heavily ingested, such as the Hogup site, they also found greater nutritional stress. Maybe they figured out, and a little too late, that strictly farming was not good for their health — more nuts and berries were in order.

After 1150, they evidently switched primarily to a hunter-gatherer diet and were the better for it — their muscle mass increased and their nutrient stress decreased, as reflected in the Harris lines in teeth and skeletal robusticity based on muscle attachments, Riley said.

“It looks like people who were eating a lot of maize were actually probably the least healthy,” he said. “We see that a fair amount in hunter-gatherer versus agricultural populations. Hunter-gathers tend to have seasonal nutrition stress but they don’t have long-term nutritional deficiencies the same way agriculturalists tend to.” [/snip]


5 posted on 05/25/2013 5:55:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: cripplecreek

I certainly hope his retirement plan is more favorable. You just don’t know these days....


6 posted on 05/25/2013 6:05:59 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

He is Venezuelan so retirement can by pretty risky with his money.


7 posted on 05/25/2013 6:10:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

8 posted on 05/25/2013 6:18:41 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

He’s got big gold hoop earrings just like an nfl receiver!


9 posted on 05/25/2013 7:07:49 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: SunkenCiv
ball fields in which teams battled to put a rubber ball through a circular stone by bouncing it on their hips.

Is this documented fact or wild conjecture? Did the ancients have inflatable balls or were they bouncing solid rubber balls (bowling balls?)off their hips and into stone hoops?

10 posted on 05/25/2013 7:26:00 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: eartrumpet

Solid rubber balls.


11 posted on 05/25/2013 7:28:34 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: JoeProBono

How do we know he is a ball player and not a lwer or perhaps a doctor?

Given the big nse and fat lips, he looks Olmec to me, not Mayan


12 posted on 05/25/2013 8:42:54 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: ThanhPhero

Neuticles?


13 posted on 05/25/2013 9:05:44 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: cripplecreek

He is Venezuelan so retirement can by pretty risky with his money....Has to spend it all on toilet paper, prolly.


14 posted on 05/25/2013 9:18:15 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver

I know Hugo Chavez had a history of keeping families as hostages simply be refusing to let them leave the country. They could live well, but they had to live there.

I imagine things haven’t changed much.


15 posted on 05/25/2013 9:22:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bert


16 posted on 05/25/2013 9:28:15 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

The popularity of these ball games was quite widespread. I can recall “ball courts” were found in several Arizona ruins dating from 800 AD to 1400AD. The religions were different apparently but the games were similar.


17 posted on 05/25/2013 1:25:14 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JoeProBono

The real thing with earrings

18 posted on 05/25/2013 8:43:33 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair Dinkum!)
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To: Fred Nerks

19 posted on 05/25/2013 10:08:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

OMG! He’s only got one ball?


20 posted on 05/25/2013 10:21:00 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair Dinkum!)
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To: SunkenCiv
"In one cave more than 1,550 images were found, including an image of an atlatl, a Hispanic weapon used for hunting that has not been seen before in paintings in the Tamaulipas region."

Es Verdad? I see the atlatls in the painting, but they certainly preceded any recorded Hispanic contact. Methinks the reporter and editor blew that one... (Perhaps showing their ethnic bias?)

21 posted on 05/26/2013 10:50:44 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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