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  • "Cracking the Maya Code"

    04/05/2008 12:16:05 PM PDT · by Publius6961 · 18 replies · 670+ views
    Time Line of Decipherment When the Spanish conquered the Maya empire in the 16th century, they forced their new subjects to convert to Christianity and speak and write in Spanish. But long before the Maya used the Roman alphabet, they had created their own rich and elegant script, featuring more than 800 hieroglyphs. Sadly, the glyphs' meanings were lost in the decades following the Conquest. Ever since, scholars have struggled to decode these symbols, pronounce the words they form, and understand the stories they tell. In this time line, follow the centuries-long decipherment, which has only recently reached the point...
  • Centuries-old Maya Blue mystery finally solved

    02/26/2008 2:17:19 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 21 replies · 239+ views
    physorg.com ^ | February 26, 2008.
    Anthropologists from Wheaton College (Illinois) and The Field Museum have discovered how the ancient Maya produced an unusual and widely studied blue pigment that was used in offerings, pottery, murals and other contexts across Mesoamerica from about A.D. 300 to 1500. First identified in 1931, this blue pigment (known as Maya Blue) has puzzled archaeologists, chemists and material scientists for years because of its unusual chemical stability, composition and persistent color in one of the world’s harshest climates. The anthropologists solved another old mystery, namely the presence of a 14-foot layer of blue precipitate found at the bottom of the...
  • Evidences of Christ’s Visit to Mesoamerica (LDS CAUCUS)

    12/28/2007 3:02:23 AM PST · by restornu · 3 replies · 336+ views
    M E R I D I A N M A G A Z I N E ^ | December 2007 | By Bruce W. Warren and V. Garth Norman
    Editor’s note: This article consists of eExcerpts from Bruce W. Warren’s research in New Evidences of Christ in Ancient America, (Book of Mormon Research Foundation, 1999, pp, 139,140). The confirming pictures and field trip report of this tradition location are by V. Garth Norman. If the claims of the Hebrew prophets of Mesoamerica are true — that their resurrected Christ actually did visit his “sheep” in their land — we can expect to find numerous evidences of this supernal event almost everywhere we turn. As it turns out, such is most definitely the case. Though the evidence is at times...
  • Pre-Mayan cave paintings found in Mexico

    11/17/2007 5:04:54 PM PST · by BGHater · 38 replies · 1,252+ views
    Nerve News ^ | 15 Nov 2007 | Nerve News
    Mexican anthropologists have discovered some 5,000-year-old cave paintings predating the Maya civilisation on Yucatan peninsula, Spanish news agency EFE reported. According to Carlos Augusto of the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences at the Autonomous University of the Yucatan, they found some 60 paintings of man-like figures at the Kab cavern situated near the famous Chichen Itza archaeological site. There are also drawings of animal figures, birds or canines, Augusto said. Anthropologists attribute them to the pre-Maya epoch, between 5,000 and 7,000 years ago. Augusto also noted that there are also Mayan 'Ajau' symbols and pottery in the cave from the classical...
  • Ancient Beer Pots Point To Origins Of Chocolate

    11/12/2007 2:43:03 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 204+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-12-2007 | Jeff Hecht
    Ancient beer pots point to origins of chocolate 22:00 12 November 2007 NewScientist.com news service Jeff Hecht Earlier long-necked pots would have been used for beer making. Chemical evidence in a pot such as this is seen as proof that beer brewing involved fermenting cacao (Illustration: PNAS/National Academy of Sciences) Chocolate was first produced by the ancients as a by-product of beer, suggests a new archaeological study. And evidence from drinking vessels left by the Mesoamericans who developed chocolate suggests that the source of chocolate, cacao, was first used 500 years earlier than thought. Mesoamericans – who flourished in central...
  • Ancient Mexican City Raises Questions About Mesoamerica's Mother Culture

    10/14/2007 9:20:42 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 661+ views
    My San Antonio ^ | Tracy L. Barnett
    Ancient Mexican city raises questions about Mesoamerica's Mother Culture Web Posted: 10/11/2007 05:17 PM CDT Tracy L. Barnett Express-News Travel Editor TAMUIN, Mexico — Deep in the Huastec jungle the enormous carved stone monolith stands, suspended over the pool of water where a team of archaeologists discovered it. A powerful woman stands at the center of the carving, flanked by two smaller decapitated women. A stream of liquid flows from the headless women toward the woman in the center. Altug S. Icilensu/Special to the Express-NewsThe leader salutes the musicians before beginning the Malinche, a traditional Huastec dance. The women on...
  • Ancient Canoe Found On Belize Research Dig

    10/10/2006 5:39:38 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 800+ views
    Ascribe ^ | 10-10-2006 | Keith Prufer
    Ancient Canoe Found by Wichita State University Professor on Belize Research Dig WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 10 (AScribe Newswire) -- An ancient canoe -- more than likely the oldest canoe ever uncovered in Mesoamerica -- was discovered this summer in a cliff-top cave in Belize by an excavation team being led by Wichita State University archaeologist Keith Prufer. Prufer estimates that the canoe very likely dates to 200 to 800 AD, based on previous findings in the area. Carbon testing is currently being wrapped up to confirm that the canoe is indeed the oldest found in Mesoamerica, the geographical region from...