Archaeologists find burial of unusual characteristics in the Mexican State of Sinaloa
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Friday, July 19, 2024

Archaeologists find burial of unusual characteristics in the Mexican State of Sinaloa
Figure of a person sitting on a throne. Photo: INAH.

Translated by Cristina Perez

MEXICO CITY.- In the southern parts of Sinaloa, a burial of unusual characteristics was discovered, made up of elements from old Occidental Mexico and rich offerings deposited around bone remains.

As the excavation advanced, never seen before archaeological traces surged; informed archaeologist Victor Joel Santos Ramírez, director of the project.

First, there were dozens of miniature figurines. “In no other excavation in Chametla have we found figurines in such numbers and with such rare characteristics, which made us believe that this was an important offering, to wit, we decided to begin a systematic investigation,” he said.

The archaeologist of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) explained that as the excavation continued they ran into ceramic pots and figurines, along with a great amount of beads and necklaces of turquoise or green stone, a turquoise hoop, a spindle, a hollow fragment of a miniature, and chippings of obsidian green.

In the next level they found what looked like an in situ offering: four principal figurines placed around a central plate with smaller figurines gripping each other’s’ shoulders in representation of a ritual placed around them, along with a model of a double temple.

At another point in the excavation they found other ceramic pieces in association: a figure of a throne and an inverted bowl full of figurines of turtles and other animals, with some human-like forms in the mix.

They also found some materials of another offering; like a miniature pot, three chippings of obsidian green and two brown spindles, a bone needle and a figurine. In another location, they found a pot in the shape of a foot.

As the excavation continued, the archaeologists found two mandibles with all of their teeth and some fragments of skulls. In the same place, they found more chippings of obsidian, spindles, ceramic miniatures and a pot; along with two large figurines with slanted eyes.

Finally, the archaeologists found evidence of a human burial, with possibly various individuals, their bones painted the color red.

“It is to note that despite Chametla’s short distance to the sea, marine tools were not found present among the archaeological materials, but rather there were tools that correspond to other latitudes.

“Based on the characteristics of the burial and its offerings, this finding confirms the cultural relationship that once existed during the precolonial era between the Occident and the south of Sinaloa, thus, it is likely that the human remains of the now known “Tomb 1” correspond to the bearers of an ancient occidental tradition who founded the oldest known settlement found thus far,” concluded the archeologist Joel Santos.

Today's News

July 25, 2014

Archaeologists find burial of unusual characteristics in the Mexican State of Sinaloa

Cantor Arts Center unveils 3 transformative gifts: Works by Warhol, Diebenkorn, and Lawrence

AGO to present major retrospective of NYC art-world legend Jean-Michel Basquiat in winter 2015

Suspected works by Degas, Rodin recently found in German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt's flat

Elizabeth E. Barker appointed Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum

J. Paul Getty Trust announces Lord Jacob Rothschild to receive second annual J. Paul Getty Medal

Portrait of lead Suffragette Christabel Pankhurst goes on display for the first time in eighty years

Crisis engulfs the Metropolitan Opera in New York, world's richest opera company

Yale Center for British Art to conserve iconic Louis I. Kahn building, and close temporarily in 2015

Bonhams to offer ex-1930 Mille Miglia class winning OM 665 SS MM Superba at Goodwood Revival

Two rare Aboriginal shields realize over $45,000 and two new global fine records set at Clars

Winterthur announces book: 'Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850'

Nelson-Atkins Alexander Gardner exhibition documents vanishing frontier

Transient gallery pays tribute to black-and-white analog photography

Debut installation of Peabody Essex Museum's new curator of Chinese and East Asian art

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents Geta Bratescu / MATRIX 254

Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata hangs three works at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC hotel

ArtCenter debuts Brazilian artist Laura Vinci's first U.S. show

New Chief Curator announced for the Whitechapel Gallery

Hayward Gallery Project Space presents 'What's Love Got to Do With It'

Technokinesis: For five hours a day, works at Blum & Poe hum in unison

Bill Watterson's return to comics: Pearls Before Swine comic art auctioned for Parkinson's Research

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
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
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