The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, February 2, 2015


Mexican archaeologists find the bow of a 210-year-old canoe in the State of Baja California
Scale model of the canoe made by Edward von der Porter. Photo:INAH.
MEXICO CITY.- In the southern limits of the state of Baja California, in the dunes of one of the coasts of the lagoon complex of Ojo de Liebre and Guerrero Negro, archaeologists rescued the bow of a 210-year-old canoe. It is speculated that either this canoe was fabricated by Bajacalifornian Indians or it was dragged by north currents and reused by the groups that inhabited the peninsula.

This vestige, found in the Manuela Lagoon, is part of a series of canoe discoveries registered by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), throughout the Bajacalifornian coast of the Pacific ocean, all along the Rosarito Beach all the way towards El Vizcaino; here they have also found wood trunks that derive of great and now extinct trees in the peninsula.

The investigator, Laura Romero Padilla, exposed the before mentioned after highlighting that these discoveries derive from explorations made by the INAH Center in Baja California, directed by archaeologist Antonio Porcayo, in some cases in collaboration with the Subaquatic Archeology Subdivision of the Institute, as is the case of the canoe rescue in Laguna Manuela.

“There are early evidences that suggest that plank canoes of the Chumash natives –American Indians south of California–, which date back to 950 and 1150 after Christ. Also, the ethnographic work between the Tolowa natives (tribe in the north of California) narrate their voyages as they would advance deep into the sea to make ritualistic activities, such as the annual hunt of the sea lion. Another example that should be highlighted is the case of the Tule rafts and the canoes of the coast of California as well as the Seri vessels”.

“We don’t know if the canoe was made by Bajacalifornian natives or if it arrived north by the currents, because the coast where we discovered the canoe is prone to the arrival of many different objects. Also, in the islands we have also found very big trunks of different kinds of wood which originate from the north of the continent, they are not native to Mexico”.

Judging by the characteristics of the canoe, the specialist thinks that it wasn’t used to navigate the sea, “it’s pretty small and light; the canoes meant for deep sea regularly had a higher bow that would help them break waves and were much heavier in order to resist the strength of the currents”.

Some investigators have proposed that the first canoes for the sea were the Tomol, however it’s also argued that they were not the only ones capable to make sea voyages, since there are also Tule rafts and canoes in the coast of California, whose capacity was demonstrated by the Seri of Sonora, when they made deep sea voyages transporting people and merchandise through rough waters.






Today's News

July 30, 2013

Mexican archaeologists find the bow of a 210-year-old canoe in the State of Baja California

Belvedere devotes an exhibition to the great Austrian sculptor Bruno Gironcoli

Museum der Moderne Salzburg opens comprehensive exhibition on flowers and mushrooms in art

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents four new solo exhibitions this summer

Design Museum exhibits work by one of the most productive and significant Belgian designers of sheet music

Woman arrested over paint attacks on three iconic Washington, DC landmarks

Frankenstein movie poster realizes $262,900 to set world record at Heritage Auctions

ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art opens exhibition by the father of Science Fiction

Clinton House Museum in Arkansas opens new exhibit "Clinton Meets Kennedy"

Museum of Modern Art in New York shows work by Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari

Copy of Schindler's list, bearing the names of 801 men, fails to find eBay buyer

"Grangerized" books take center stage at Huntington exhibition, Illuminated Palaces

National Postal Museum receives donation of original artwork by Howard Koslow

Myanmar monasteries offer bootcamp for the spirit

"The Progressive Pencil: George Elmslie's Prairie School Designs" on view in Minneapolis

Exhibition presents a spectrum of what has been an explosion of renewed interest in mosaics

Artists' Film International at the Whitechapel Gallery

Paradise Lost? Contemporary works from the Pacific on view at Satellite Gallery

International touring exhibition of French masterpieces from the Clark Art Institute on view in Kobe

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Egypt conservationists to sue over 'botched' Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun mask repair

2.- Scrolls scorched by Vesuvius may be read again thanks to 21st century technology

3.- Italian government seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record 45-million-euro haul

4.- Remains of at least five people found in Alexander the Great-era tomb in Amphipolis

5.- Munich poised to lift ban on Holocaust memorial project known as Stolpersteine

6.- Rare coin records smashed by Heritage Auctions at Florida United Numismatists Convention

7.- Bonhams to offer Alan Turing's hidden manuscript on the foundations of mathematics and computer science

8.- Jane Wilson, painter of luminous landscapes, dies at the age of 90 in New York

9.- First exhibition in the UK to examine Rubens’ influence on art history opens in London

10.- Paul Simonon presents a series of new paintings at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts



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