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September 29, 2017

The 16th-century Nuestro Señora de los Remedios in Choluloa, Puebla, Mexico lost two of its domes (2009 photo above by Gerardo Noriega is shared here under CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Western Hemisphere has been subject to extensive damage wrought by a recent spate of hurricanes...

July 6, 2017

The Aztec empire extended across much of what today is the Valley of Mexico from 1428 to the Spanish Conquest in 1521. When the conquistadors first entered the Aztec capital of Tehnochtitlan, they documented numerous examples of brutal rituals that left blood-soaked bu...

June 18, 2017

Ballcourts were common across Mesoamerica for nearly 3,000 years, with subsequent cultures revising and adapting the court and the game’s rules. While Aztec ruins have long been discovered in Mexico City—the Spanish colonial city was founded on the site of an Aztec cit...

April 18, 2017

A Classic Mayan game is being re-claimed in modern Mexico!

March 31, 2017

The ancient city of Athens, Greece is considered to be the birthplace of democracy. Athenian Democracy, as it is now referred to by historians, developed around the 5th century BC, with other Greek cities subsequently following that model. Now, researchers in Mexico ha...

March 20, 2017

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo lines the western coast of the Yucatan peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea. The region holds some of the most fantastic Mayan ruins, including the sites of Chacchoben, Cobá, Tulum, and Xcaret. Now, Mexico's National Institute for Ant...

February 19, 2017

It has long been recognized that one of the most disastrous results of European contact with societies in the Western Hemisphere was the introduction of diseases to which the local populations had no immunity. For example, smallpox transferred through trade between Eur...

January 24, 2017

The general trajectory of the succession of Mayan civilizations has long been understood by archaeologists. But new refined analysis of numerous radiocarbon samples from the site of Ceibal to document the similar patterns in a series of collapses of major Maya city cen...

January 23, 2017

The dense jungle that covers much of the former Mayan territory has long hindered research into that ancient society. Recently, researchers have combined the technologies of Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) with 3-D printing to reveal a "network of ancient 'superhig...

September 8, 2016

Found in 1965 by looters and purchased by a former Mexican Cabinet member, this “book” was long thought to have been a forgery. Now, researchers believe it to be authentic—and the oldest example in the Americas.

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Once dismissed as fake, Maya calendar is Americas’ old...

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