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Evidence of surgery found on pre-Columbian remains

Skeletons found at the pre-Columbian site of Kuelap in Peru show signs of bone surgery. The two moderately healthy male skeletons, one an adolescent and the other an adult of 30-34 years of age, were found to have drilled holes in the bones of their legs. The placement and depth suggest to

Ancient village found in Columbia

The remains of a pre-Columbian village have been found in central Columbia. According to the involved archaeologists, the remains found at the site dated from 900BC until approximate 1500AD when most indigenous groups died amid a violent Spanish colonization of territory belonging to the ancient Muisca people. The archaeologists found numerous pieces

Chilean mummies show signs of arsenic poisoning

New analysis carried out on Chilean mummies has found high concentrations of arsenic. Previous analyses showed high concentrations of arsenic in the hair samples of mummies from both highland and coastal cultures in the region. However, researchers weren't able to determine whether the people had ingested arsenic or if the toxic

New model predicts pre-Columbian settlement locations in the Amazon

A researched from the Florida Institute of Technology has developed a new model that predicts the locations of pre-Columbian settlements in the Amazonian rainforest. Look around the Amazon rainforest today and it’s hard to imagine it filled with people. But in recent decades, archaeologists have started to find evidence that before

Pre-Columbian skull offering found in Mexico City

A 500-year-old skull of a prisoner of war has been found at the foot of the Great Temple at Tlatelolco. In a communique, the INAH said the small offering was found at the foot of the Great Temple on the pre-Columbian site after a custodian reported "what appeared to be a

Pre-Columbian pyramid and burials found in Mexico

Archaeologists working in Mexico have unearthed a Pre-Columbian pyramid and 30 burials at the ancient site of Jaltipan. Preliminary hypotheses indicate it could have been a sanctuary where people of the region buried their dead, or perhaps a kind of market or a center of government where different cultures merged. Its

Pre-Columbian Ballplayer monolith found in Mexico

A monolith of a pre-Columbian ballplayer which dates between 900 A.D. - 1000 A.D. has been found in Zacatecas, Mexico. The pre-Columbian sculpture was excavated from a depth of 1.5 meters (5 feet), the INAH said in a statement, noting that another sculpture depicting a ballplayer was located at the end

15th century dog mummies discovered in Peru

Six mummified dogs dating back to the 15th century have been found at a pre-Columbian site south of Lima, Peru. The dogs "have hair and complete teeth," said Jesus Holguin, an archaeologist at the museum in Pachacamac, located some 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Lima. Holguin told AFP Wednesday