The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, January 21, 2019

Archaeologists find 15 burials with complete human skeletons thought to be 850 years old
At the moment, only one skeleton has been determined in gender and age. This woman, named skeleton 45, was determined to have died between her 40’s and her 50’s. Photo: DMC.INAH. M. MARAT.

Translated by: Cristina Perez-Ayala

MEXICO CITY.- In the seventeenth building of the Tancama Archaeological Zone, 12 kilometers (17.8 miles) from the municipality of Jalpan de Serra in the Sierra Gorda of Queretaro, archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta) found 15 burials with complete human skeletons, which are estimated, in a preliminary manner, to be about 850 years old.

The discovery in this huasteca affiliation site was registered during the consolidation work of said pre Hispanic structure. The osseous remains were distributed in front of a flight of stairs, in one of the ridges, and surrounding the edification, the greatest of these called Plaza de la Promesa, in which archaeological labors were done between last May and July, for their study and restoration.

Jorge Alberto Quiróz Moreno, responsible of the Valles de la Sierra Gorda Archaeological Project – in which the investigation, exploration and consolidation of Tancama was inscribed –, informed that the skeletons were moved to the Department of Archaeological Comparative Collections of INAH in Mexico City.

Within the storerooms, Cristina García Pura a Doctor in Physical Anthropology, will lead the cleaning and the paleopathological and taxonomic analysis of the bones, to determine the number of complete skeletons, their age, gender and possible sicknesses that might have lead to the individuals’ demise.

At the moment, only one skeleton has been determined in gender and age. This woman, named skeleton 45, was determined to have died between her 40’s and her 50’s.

Professor Jorge Quiróz, as he waits for the analysis which will determine the precise date of the osseous remains, considered that as these were deposited in the debris of building 17 it’s possible they have been there since 1150 d.C., when Tancama had at least two centuries of having been vacated.

“The case of the burials recently registered in building 17, might agree with the process of resignifying these buildings, meaning, people who already lived in other places, came back to this city to deposit their dead in some of its structures (necropolis). This hypothesis might only be corroborated with further studies”.

Cristina García Pura, Doctor in Physical Anthropology noted that the finding of the osseous remains add up to the 64 craniums of individuals of 18 year old or younger individuals – the majority of which were of the male sex –, that were discovered in 2001 in this same pre Hispanic edification.

Having found black Zaquil type ceramic pieces, as apparent offerings, the craniums have been concluded to belong to the peak of this huastec site, between 500 and 700 d.C.

“When the incision marks’ studies have been made, we will know if they were victims of a sacrifice or if these were skulls that were used as secondary burials (meaning they were removed from another place). All were found grouped together and four of these craniums were linked to the bones of hand and feet: carpi, tarsi, and phalanges, among others.

“Although a bio-archaeological study has not yet been made, this type of findings usually belongs to sacrificial offerings, since in that time (500 – 700 d.C) in Mesoamerica, the feet, the hands and the craniums were considered the most important parts of the human body. So they were obliged to use them in burials”, García Pura elaborated.

The study of osseous and ceramic material will allow further comprehension on the function of building 17, whether it was a place to make propitiatory burials – as it has been indicated by the finding of the craniums – or whether it was a resignifying space, when the site had been already abandoned.

Today's News

August 25, 2012

Archaeologists find 15 burials with complete human skeletons thought to be 850 years old

Christie's First Open sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art includes a strong presence of female artists

Walter Rosenblum exhibition opens at Rosphoto State Museum and Exhibition Centre for Photography

Morse's Gallery of the Louvre exhibited at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Sotheby's Hong Kong to hold 20th Century Chinese Art Autumn Sale 2012 on 7 October

'Essential' film copyright protection passed by Congress in 1912 turns one hundred

Fly Over mesmerizing landscapes in "Shadow Sites: Recent work by Jananne Al-Ani"

Judith Barry's "Voice off", a gift from Dieter and Gertraud Bogner, on view at mumok

Third edition of Multiplied 2012 - Contemporary art in editions: Art you can buy

Historic New York City Green-Wood Cemetery vandalized, damage calculated at $100,000

A new global agenda for Indonesian art: Art Stage Singapore launches The Indonesian Pavilion

Rare Shreve & Co. gold quarta cane among the highlights at Clars September auction

Elizabeth McDonald and Seth Orion Schwaiger: Aesthetiac opens at 107 Gallery in San Antonio

Aperture Foundation announces the appointment of first Education Director, Sarah McNear

Young people take inspiration from Andy Warhol to produce contemporary prints

The Ukrainian Museum featured on Channel 13's NYC-Arts

where is the power: Major group exhibition opens at the Galleries at TCU

Auction cancelled for South Dakota land considered sacred

Yasumitsu Morito's sculptures on view at Bill Hodges Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Rare 1943 Lincoln Cent sells for $204,000 at Heritage Auctions

2.- Exhibition is the first to shed light on the phenomenon of the princely painter

3.- Nathaniel Silver named new Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

4.- Rijksmuseum van Oudheden explores the mystical world of the ancient Egyptian gods

5.- Media error draws misleading reports on sale of 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent

6.- Four men deny giant gold coin heist from Berlin's Bode Museum

7.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents an immersive installation by Charles Long

8.- Egypt says stolen pharaonic tablet repatriated from United Kingdom

9.- Israeli museum under fire over 'McJesus' exhibit

10.- Claremont Rug Company founder Jan David Winitz reveals major shifts in high-end antique Oriental rug market

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, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful