Monday, February 27, 2012

Maya Region - Round Calendars

Copan - stela carving of a ruler with a round altar. Several round altars are calendar stones.

Diagram of the Mayan universe.

Mayan textiles.

Mayan altar in a cave - Quintana Roo on the Mayan Riviera.

Mayan skywatcher gazing at a certain character of the zodiac.

Deer hanging from the sky as Mars - Mayan codex.
"According to Linda Schele the names are: Aries (Kuc= Quetzal), Libra (Xoc = shark) Taurus (Kuh = owl), Scorpius (Sinan-Ek'=scorpion) Gemini (Ak-Ek'=turtle), Sagitarrius (Chan= rattlesnake), Capricorn (Balam= jaguar), Cancer (Ok= dog?), Pisces (Zotz= bat), Virgo (Chitam= peccary)."

The Mayan Solar Calendar.

The Mayan Zodiac.

The Aztec Calendar.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Moche and Mimbres




Mimbres - Arizona and New Mexico.

(Click to enlarge). Moche - Peru.

Mimbres figure - Arizona.

Moche figures - Peru.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Teotihuacan - Jade Mask Discovered

"During the excavations at Teotihuacan, of one of the complexes was found to contain a basin lined with mica. It isn't understood why this 10 x 4-foot (3x1.2m) trough exists. There is an overhand sheltering the that is about 6 inches (15cm) deep. I don't know if this feature was watertight. Maybe it actually held water."

A foundation offering at the Teotihuacan pyramid discovered by tunneling excavators.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

South America - Ancient Metalwork

Metallurgy in pre-Columbian America
"According to archaeologists, there is no question that metallurgy in the Andean area of South America was far superior to anything found elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere and rivaled that of the Old World." - from

The development of metallurgy in the Americas, from the south to Mesoamerica.

The gold plates with Nephite swords.

Lambayeque gold discs from Chan Chan in Peru.

Chan Chan, Hohokam, Easter Island

Recent excavations on Easter Island show that the giant heads have bodies.

The Easter Island statues which appear similar to the Chachapoya cliff guardians below. Are they also protectors of the dead? Many times a local island is used for rites of the ancestors. Easter Island lies off the coast of Chile.

From Peru, the Cloud People - the Chachapoya who buried their ancestors up in cliff caves. These statues are the guardians of the ancestors. Note the similar facial type compared to the Hohokam effigy jar below. Even the red-on-buff paint is the same.

Hohokam effigy jar found at Snaketown ruins in southern Arizona, note the face - it is similar in structure to the Chan Chan statues.

Chan Chan statues and wall - Trujillo, Peru.