Archeological Discoveries in the Americas
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View along fortress wall at Kuelap The fortress of Kuelap or Cuélap (Chachapoyas, Amazonas, Perú), associated with the Chachapoyas culture , consists of massive exterior stone walls containing more than four hundred buildings. The structure, situated on a ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley in northern Peru , is roughly 600 meters in length and 110 meters in width. It could have been built to defend against the Huari or other hostile peoples. However, evidence of these hostile groups at the site is minimal. Radiocarbon dating samples show that construction of the structures started in the 6th century AD and occupied until the Early Colonial period (1532-1570).
Grave of ancient king who laid foundations for Mayan civilisation in 700 B.C. discovered by archaeologistsAmazing discovery at the Tak'alik Ab'aj dig in Retalhuleu, western Guatemala King K'utz Chman was a priest who reigned around 700 B.C., experts say Oldest royal Mayan burial ground ever found and it's packed with jade jewels By Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 00:59 GMT, 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 00:59 GMT, 26 October 2012 This is the extraordinary grave of an ancient king credited with laying the foundations for the Mayan civilisation more than 2,000 years ago, which has been discovered by archaeologists in Guatemala. Researchers said they uncovered the grave of King K'utz Chman, a priest who is believed to have reigned around 700 B.C., at the Tak'alik Ab'aj dig in Retalhuleu, in the south-west of the country.
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:40 GMT, 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 19:02 GMT, 13 September 2012 A family in Guatemala was simply looking to renovate their home, hoping to get a different look than what they were used to. That mission was certainly accomplished when they began scraping back plaster in their kitchen, they discovered a historic Mayan mural that covered multiple walls. National Geographic details their find, showing pictures of the incredible images that plaster helped preserve.
Also known as 'black drink', it was six times more potent than coffee Made from toasted holly leaves and stems By Mark Prigg PUBLISHED: 09:30 GMT, 7 August 2012 | UPDATED: 13:40 GMT, 7 August 2012 Native Americans were brewing a primitive form of tea almost a thousand years ago, scientists have discovered. Inhabitants of Cahokia, a massive pre-Columbus settlement near where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers meet in Illinois, consumed ‘Black Drink’ from ceramic beakers.
By Mark Prigg PUBLISHED: 11:54 GMT, 31 July 2012 | UPDATED: 16:39 GMT, 31 July 2012 A 1,300-year-old Mayan prince has been discovered in an ancient tomb along with lavish burial offerings. The tomb dates back to the eighth century and was discovered roughly 1.5 metres below the royal palace of Uxul in Campeche, Mexico.
By Rebecca Seales PUBLISHED: 12:45 GMT, 3 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:41 GMT, 6 August 2012 It's a discovery to challenge even the most ardent cocoa addict: Archaeologists have found traces of chocolate thought to be 2,500 years old.
Second inscription that confirms date of 'end' of Mayan calendar 'End date' marks end of 5,125-year-old cycle of time 1,300 year old carvings described as biggest hieroglyphic find in decades Inscription found on blocks abandoned by looters By Rob Waugh PUBLISHED: 08:31 GMT, 29 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:30 GMT, 29 June 2012 Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane's Middle American Research Institute, examines hieroglyphics at the La Corona dig site in Guatemala Archaeologists have found carvings in a stone staircase at the La Corona dig site in Guatemala which confirm the ‘end date’ of the Maya calendar, December 21, 2012.
Wall covered in calculations relating to Mayan calendar Line-up of men in black uniforms Astrological calculations not fully understood Dates seem to stretch 7,000 years into FUTURE Contradicts 'doomsday' predictions about 2012 First paintings found on walls in Mayan dwellings Huge city in Guatemala finally reveals its secrets By Rob Waugh PUBLISHED: 18:04 GMT, 10 May 2012 | UPDATED: 10:46 GMT, 11 May 2012 A vast city built by the ancient Mayan civilisation and discovered nearly a century ago in modern day Guatemala is finally starting to yield its secrets - including a hint that apocalyptic predictions around the 'end' of the Mayan Calendar may be wrong. Excavating for the first time in the sprawling complex of Xultzn in Guatemala's Peten region, archaeologists have uncovered a structure that contains what appears to be a work space for the town's scribe.
By Ted Thornhill UPDATED: 12:20 GMT, 22 February 2012 Yeasts that had lain dormant for over 1,300 years in an Andean tomb have been kick-started back to life - and revealed as an entirely new species. Yeast biologist Javier Carvajal Barriga, of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito, scraped the microbes from clay fermentation vessels discovered in the city 30 years ago.