Ancient carvings discovered in Mexico

11th Jul 2013

Archaeologists in Mexico have discovered carvings believed to have been created in the Stone Age.

About 8,000 etchings of fish, the sun and detailed patterns of concentric circles and lines drawn by our ancestors more than 6,000 years ago have been discovered on 500 stones on a remote mountain.

Mexican destinations have always been rich in cultural sites, with Chichen Itza, famous for its pyramid stairway, and Uxmal two of the Mayan temples so adored by holidaymakers on group tours.

Archaeologists believe the carvings were made by our hunter-gatherer ancestors as part of hunting initiation rites, or that they could potentially represent the stars.

The carvings could provide historians with an idea of how sophisticated Stone Age tribes were in the region and even a clue to the type of tools they used.

There is proof of Stone Age settlements in two valleys, divided by a tiny ridge, near Sierra de Narigua, where the biggest group of carved rocks were discovered.

Gerardo Rivas, an archaeologist at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), told Spanish language publication Mimorelia that most tribes lived in temporary settlements.

Archaeologists found stoves, cooking pots and even arrowheads, he said.

They also unearthed relatively modern carvings of crosses probably made in the second half of the 16th century.

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