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8,000 year old ritual site uncovered in Mexico


After two decades of research at 10 archaeological sites in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, an 8,000-year-old winter ritual has been uncovered, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced today.

8,000 year old ritual site uncovered in Mexico
Bison remains found in the in the municipality of Teran [Credit: Araceli Rivera, INAH]
The study was conducted by the archaeologist Araceli Rivera, who emphasized that the ritual was the result of the interaction of the first settlers of Mexico with animals which became extinct during the Ice Age period.

8,000 year old ritual site uncovered in Mexico
Mammoth Scapula. Mohinos site [Credit: Araceli Rivera, INAH]
The expert reported the discovery of a paleontological site between 2014 and 2015. He found a considerable amount of animal remains on the site, such as teeth, molars, long bones, skulls, ribs and vertebrae of mammoths, camels, horses, llamas and prehistoric bisons, among others.

8,000 year old ritual site uncovered in Mexico
Petroglyph located in the municipality of Teran [Credit: Araceli Rivera, INAH]
The site is located 20 kilometers from another archaeological site, where the experts found teeth of the aforementioned animals 20 years ago. The experts believe that these remains were used in ancient rituals.


The remains were found under a rectangular stone that was covering the mouth of a rocky shelter, which is why the site has been named La Boveda (The Vault).

According to archaeologist Araceli Rivera and paleontologist Joaquin Arroyo, also INAH researcher, the remains were used for a ritual conducted by ancient people who may have coexisted with these animals.

Source: Prensa Latina [October 19, 2016]
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