The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, December 21, 2014


Two Pyramids at Santo Nombre Archaeological Site were Restored by INAH
Consolidation works at the Pyramid of the Snails. Photo: DMC INAH( M. Tapia.
PUEBLA.- Two 7 and 14 meters-high pyramidal structures that present similarities with the Teotihuacan architectural style were restored and consolidated at the Santo Nombre Archaeological Site, in Puebla, as part of the work focused on the opening of the site by 2012.

The buildings known as Piramide de los Caracoles (Shells Pyramid) and Piramide de los Cascabeles (Rattles Pyramid) at the site located in the municipality of Tlacotepec de Benito Juarez, were explored and consolidated in 2010 by archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), to be added up to those restored in 2009: Estructura Sur (South Structure) and Casa del Nahual (House of the Nagual).

Archaeologist Blas Castellon, responsible for the archaeological project, announced that in December 11th 2010 the works of the second archaeological season were finished at the site located to the north of Tehuacan, a strategic point of the exchange routes between the center, the Gulf of Mexico and the Oaxaca Coast in Prehispanic times. This place was occupied for more than 1,000 years, from 400 BC to 600 AD, approximately.

INAH specialists concluded the consolidation of the pyramids located at the Central Plaza and the Gran Altar (Great Altar) Plaza, where other buildings are distributed, most of them oriented to the east, towards Popocatepetl Volcano.

The Gran Altar Plaza is a conjunct of 3 temples that imitate the Teotihuacan slope-and-panel style. At this site, Structures East and South have already been restored and consolidated, while the third temple is to be intervened during the next exploration stage.

Archaeologist Castellon manifested that this conjunct had its splendor between the beginning of the Christian age and the Late Classic period (550 AD), having a ritual and private use. At the center was found a nearly 5 meter high smooth rock placed as an altar.

The East Structure, also known as Piramide de los Caracoles because an offering with 2 giant shells was found atop, was occupied between 100 and 600 of the Common Era. Seven sculptures that represent human heads with ear ornaments were found at the base of the staircase. One of them presents polychrome stucco.

Balustrades, slopes, panels, and moulding of Teotihuacan style reveal the influence of the city in Santo Nombre as well as a close relation; “We must keep in mind that Teotihuacan was the greatest city at the Central High Plateau during the Classic period (200 to 600 AD), and it had immense influence in Mesoamerica”.

Castellon mentioned that labors at Plaza Central ended the updating of the Rattles Pyramid, “named after the finding of a young man in the middle of the structure with a green bead in the trachea as an offering and more than 60 rattles tied to his ankles”.

Piramide de los Cascabeles stands out because it has 2 accesses, one at the east and the other at the west. As part of the season’s works, carbonized maguey spines, as well as small flat bowls that might have been used in auto sacrificial practices were found; this material found deducing occupation happened between 300 BC and 200 of the Common Era.

“Only governors and administrators had access to Plaza Central. This space is at the center of the site and is surrounded by more than 30 pyramidal structures that blocked the access to this square”, commented the archaeologist.

In spite of the Teotihuacan influence, the culture developed at Santo Nombre, Puebla, was a local civilization; “We deduce they were ancestors of Popolocas, also known as Olmecas-Xicalancas, but this has only been determined in the linguistic and cultural level until now”, declared Castellon.

He mentioned that during the third field season, the third temple at Gran Altar Plaza will be consolidated, and analysis and register of pieces and bone remains will be conducted, with the aim of enhancing the value of Prehispanic constructions at the site facing its opening to public in 2012.

Burned Prehispanic Objects
Blas Castillon mentioned that several objects found present signs of incineration, particularly at the Gran Altar Plaza, where obsidian and carved bone burins, pendants, stone sculptures, black and orange ceramic pieces, remains of prey birds and large felines, shells, fragments of ceramic figurines and a polychrome brazier that was almost totally reconstructed were found.

Nearly 1,000 amorphous flat bowls were found; from them, 500 have already been registered. They contained remains of beans, maize, squash, chili and cocoa, and might have been used to offer blood as well, but this must be determined after conducting analyses.

Archaeologists Patricia Delgado and Hugo Huerta presume that the reason to incinerate objects and vestiges may respond to a practice that had the objective of closing ritually the constructions, maybe after a cycle ended. “Inhabitants “killed” their buildings by burning offerings that were thrown to the facades”, they concluded.

National Institute of Anthropology and History | Teotihuacan | Puebla |




Last Week News

December 16, 2010

Celebrated Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 103, Opens Museum of His Work

Sotheby's Sale of 20th Century British Art Establishes a New Auction World Record

After Nine Months of Tests, French Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henri IV

Restored Masterpiece on View in New Installation at Metropolitan Museum        

Israel Museum and Museum in San Diego Jointly Purchase Ann Lislegaard Video Installation

Robert A. M. Stern Named 2011 Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture Laureate

Currier Museum of Art Adds Major Contemporary Work by Glenn Ligon to Collection

Stunning Watercolour of East Sussex Cottage by Helen Allingham to be Sold at Bonhams

Adam Szymczyk Named 2011 Recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement

Cantor Arts Center's Contemporary Gallery Features New Works and Old Favorites

A Group of Masterpieces from the Besselaar Collection are Sold for $2.8 Million

Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Jar Sells for $7.66 Million at Bonhams & Butterfields

Contemporary Works in Clay from Kansas City Collection Featured in Exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins

Stephenson's to Welcome 2011 with Auction of Fine and Decorative Art; Superb Silver and Jewelry

Exhibition Marks Eric Zimmerman's First Solo Museum Show on View at the Austin Museum of Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Works in Wood

The Morris Announces Appointment of New Curator of Education

Artist Sam Gilliam Creates Site-Specific Work for the Phillips Collection's 90th Anniversary

Rare Desk Clock Steals the Show in Sotheby's Sale of Watches

Heritage Announces "The Savannah Collection" of More than 40,000 Comics Valued at $1 Million to be Auctioned

December 15, 2010

Conceptual Artist Barbara Kruger Creates a New Work for the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Metropolitan Museum's Exhibitions Stimulate $784 Million Economic Impact for City

First Exhibition to Show Paintings on Paper by Joseph Albers at the Pinakothek der Moderne

Tate Announces Tacita Dean to Undertake Next Commission in The Unilever Series

Website Helps Medieval Ivories Come to Light, Hosted by The Courtauld Institute of Art

Historic Price Achieved for Arpita Singh's "Wish Dream" at Saffronart Auction

Kent-Born Harold Chapman Photographs of Paris and the Beat Hotel to Sell at Bonhams

Art and Antique Dealers League of America Announces New Spring Show NYC to Benefit the ASPCA

World's Largest Auctioneer of Hollywood Memorabilia will Auction Over 1300 Lots

Michael Jackson Photo by French Photographer Arno Bani Sells for Just Under $35,000

Taipei International Flora Exposition Features High Tech Interactive Displays

Swarovski Crystal Palace Launches Illustrated Book The Art of Light and Crystal

Legendary Musician John Lennon's Iconic "White Suit" from Abbey Road to Be Auctioned

Craig Robins Donates Netscape Installation by Konstantin Grcic to Miami Art Museum

The Cultural World Gathers in Qatar to Inaugurate MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art

First Ever Exhibition of Norman Rockwell's Original Works on View at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The High Museum of Art Recently Selected to Partner with ArtBabble.org

Historic Daguerreotypes and Custer Relics Lead the Charge in $1.2 Million Heritage Americana Auction

Oregon Hospital X-Rays van Gogh Painting for Clues

December 14, 2010

Sotheby's Presents Works to Be Featured in "Hurouf: The Art of the World" Sale in Doha

PAFA Receives Unprecedented Gift of Art by Philadelphia Collector Linda Lee Alter

The Andy Warhol Foundation Threatens to End Smithsonian Funding      

Three Major German Museums Announce an Exhibition on the Art of the Enlightenment in China

Galerie Gabriel Rolt Presents "No/No": An Exhibition by Arno Nollen and Andre Van Noord

Groundbreaking ROM Exhibition Explores Our World's Most Precious Natural Resource

Ballet in Focus, a Case Display of Nearly 40 Portraits Shown at the National Portrait Gallery

Mysteries of Egypt Explored in Forthcoming Blockbuster Exhibition at the Herbert

Exhibition at Woodmere Art Museum Takes a Fresh Look at John Folinsbee's Life and Work

Banksy's Original Art Work for Greenpeace Campaign Poster to Sell at Bonhams

Unseen Egon Schiele Work to be Unveiled at the New Richard Nagy Gallery in UK

Maria Bussmann Transports Viewers into Her Personal Cosmos of Memory and Imagination

Eli Klein Gallery Showcases Yang Qian's Solo Exhibition: Fragment & Identity

Italian Artist Marco Dablosco Presents Acclaimed Performance Piece Scala 1:18

Indonesian Artist Sells Volcano Ash as Souvenirs to Raise Money for Victims of its Eruptions

Airport Design Architect Curtis Fentress Awarded Silver Medal by the American Institute of Architects

Renowned Artists Albert Paley and Martin Blank to Collaborate in Museum of Glass Hot Shop

Clinton Home Readies for New Historic Site Status

December 13, 2010

Hamburger Kunsthalle Opens First Major Philipp Otto Runge Retrospective in Thirty Years

Selected Group of Victorian and Edwardian Masterpieces To Lead Sotheby's London December Sale

Collection Lambert in Avignon Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Exhibition

LACMA Debuts First International Exhibition Focused on Art in India's Fabled City of Lucknow

Lawyer Takes a Look at the Legal and Practical Lessons Learned at Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Scots Who Shook Up Victorian Art on Show in London at the Royal Academy of Arts

Kimbell Art Museum Presents First Major U.S. Exhibition Devoted to Salvator Rosa

Correr Museum in Venice Presents a Prestigious Exhibition of Glass, 'The Adventure of Glass'

Von Lintel Gallery Present an Exhibition of Paintings by Chinese Artist and Philosopher Zou Cao

Asian Art Specialists, Auction Houses and Museums Join Forces to Present Asia Week New York

The Georgia Museum of Art to Reopen with Weeklong Celebration in January 2011

The CAC Málaga Presents a Survey of Julião Sarmento's Work from the Last Decade

Robert F. Kennedy-Owned Emancipation Proclamation Goes for $3.7 Million

First Solo Museum Show in the United States by the Artist and Writer Emily Roysdon at Berkeley Art Museum

Dramatic Increase in the Use of Carnegie Museums' $1 Access EBT Card Admission Program

Exhibition on the Fractures of Architecture at Migros Museum Für Gegenwartskunst

Suite Fine Art Gallery Presents Exhibition Concerned with the Meaning of Formal Disorder

Three Alumni and One Faculty Member Exhibit Solo Shows at the Maryland Institute Collage of Art

Public Access to Conservation Centre to Close

Peabody Essex Museum Announces Changes to the Board of Trustees

The Whitney Creates New Management Structure with Promotion of Key Staff

Rare New Orleans Gold, Saint-Gaudens Coinage and 18th Century Rarities of Early U.S. Mint Anchor Heritage Auctions Sale

Children can Have Fun with Picasso this Christmas at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

Milwaukee Art Museum Frames a Decade with Newest Exhibition

MoMA PS 1 Presents New York Debut of Feng Mengbo's "Long March: Restart"

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Announces Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy as New Curator of Contemporary Art

Group Exhibition at Wallach Art Gallery to Examine Art and Democracy in Europe

December 12, 2010

First Solo Show in South America of Works by Georg Baselitz Opens in Sao Paulo

Art Institute Showcases Innovative Projects Linking Architecture and Design Practices

Mexican Archaeologists Say Tonina Ballgame Court may Be the One Described in Popol Vuh

Dedicated Sale of 20th Century British Art Announced at Sotheby's for December 15th

Museum für Moderne Kunst Presents New Frankfurt Internationals: Stories and Stages

Lichtenstein Painting Originally Purchased for $27.50, Sells for $128,700 at Quinn's

Paul Kasmin Gallery Opens New Space in Istanbul with Exhibition by David La Chapelle

Iranian Film Today Festival Returns to the High Museum of Art for the 13th Year

18 Cross-Generational Artists will Be Featured in MoMA PS 1's Presentation of The Talent Show

Designing Media, a New Book by Bill Moggridge, Explores New and Traditional Media

Hanneke Meijer and Rokus Due Say Giant Stork Once Roamed Indonesian Island

Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, David Becker, Dies

An Exhibition of Photographs by Cleveland-Born Nathan Harger Opens at Hasted Kraeutler

Columbia Museum of Art Implements Renewable Energy Project with Grant from the US Department of Energy

Andrew Skurman Receives Chevalier des Arts Medal for Architecture from France

Fine Arts Center Presents an Exhibition of Over 100 Works by Contemporary Mexican Ceramic Artists from Tonalá

"El Nacimiento": Selected Nativities from the Boeckman Collection on View at the Tyler Museum of Art

Children's Book Illustrations Conjure Magic from Real Life at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Nasher Sculpture Center Presents Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy

United States Artists Announces 50 USA Fellowships for 2010

December 11, 2010

Berlin's Alte Nationalgalerie Displays Eighteen Works Returned in the Past Ten Years

Visionary Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Peter Cort Marzio, Dies

After Decades in Storage, George Armstrong Custer Flag Sells for $2.2 Million

Michigan State Hires Michael Rush as Director of Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Columbia Museum of Art Announces Exhibition of Collection of Hudson River School

New Installation of Recent Media Art Acquisitions Opens at the American Art Museum

Trove of John F. Kennedy Photos Sold for Over $150,000 at Auction in New York City

Important 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Works Shine at Christie's New York

Globetrotting Redheaded Comics Reporter Brenda Starr Leaving the Biz in January

Sotheby's Team Dominates in Old Master Paintings at Auction for a Tenth Successive Year

Famous Christian Landmark Tree, The Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree, Chopped Down

Scream Gallery Presents an Exhibition with a Seasonal Sprinkling of Diamond Dust

Tate Britain Commissioned Conceptual Artist Giorgio Sadotti to Create Christmas Tree

Mikel Rouse's Passport: 30 Years Drawn on the Road, An Exhibition at The New York Public Library

Jewish Museum in Warsaw Now Half-Complete

Lalique 'Serpent' Vase Brings $56,673 World Record Price in Heritage Art Glass Auction

Son of Pink Floyd Guitarist David Gilmour Issues Apology for Climbing Memorial

Exhibition of Tom Lubbock's Beautifully Crafted Paper Collages for the Independent at the Victoria Miro

New Exhibition Displays Artist's Religious Fervor at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach

Related Stories



Archaeologists find Maya ceramics and mural paintings in three underwater caves in Mexico

Pedro Ramirez Vazquez

Mexican archaeologists find Aztec temple platform at Mexico City's Templo Mayor ruin

Mexican Funerary Masks Travel to France for Exhibition at the Pinacothèque de Paris

Mexican Archaeologists Say Tonina Ballgame Court may Be the One Described in Popol Vuh

Mexican Archaeologists Report Finding Prehispanic Objects at Nevado de Toluca

Archaeologists Discover Two More Human Skeletons Accompanied by a Rich Offering

Archaeologists Discover Two More Human Skeletons Accompanied by a Rich Offering at Chiapa de Corzo

Drawings and Sketches that Reflect Mexico's Independence Period Published

After Much Controversy, Authenticity of Teotihuacan's "The Malinaltepec Mask" Verified



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site