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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 02:36 PM

Elaborate petroglyphs discovered in Mexico

Mauricio Garduño-INAHTEPIC, MEXICO—At a site in the mountains of western Mexico known as “The Ledge of the Souls,” archaeologist Mauricio Garduño recently discovered a complex panel of pictographs dating between 850 and 1350 A.D. Carved in the pictorial tradition of the Aztlan culture, the panels are divided into two styles. “In the eastern half we found designs related to fertility-fecundity: rain clouds, sectioned snail shells, and feminine vulvae; in the western half, we found cranium profiles whose front point to the east, precisely towards the sunrise.” Garduño thinks some of the panels may have played an astronomical role in the Aztlan annual ritual cycle.

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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:54 PM

1. Sounds as if they may have opened the door to something very large.

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Eventually, it will be necessary to make archeological and astronomical observations to determine the precise date at which the sun passes through this place, and to determine the function of this site in the annual ritual cycle and in the cultural interaction sphere of Aztlan, between the communities in the mountain range and the high plateau”.

Mauricio Garduño believes that the archaeological investigations in Nayarit should be studied more thoroughly to determine if the the symbolic regionalization of space has a link to patterns of settlement. However, we must recognize the contributions of ethnologists, who, since the XIX century, have been studying the indigenous communities in the cultural region called Gran Nayar.

The petroglyph panel discovered in “Cantil de las animas” is also relevant because it is located in an almost unknown area to the region’s archaeology.


This might be a wonderful event for the people involved now. Hope to hear more about this as soon as more is available. Thank you.

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