Mexican ancient cat art discovered

This video is called The Olmec – Ancient Mexico.

From National Geographic:

“Spectacular” Three-Cat Monolith Unearthed in Mexico

Giant carving may have been part of a monumental wall crawling with felines

Ker Than

for National Geographic News

Published August 1, 2011

With a little help from archaeologists, three giant cats have slunk into view after spending thousands of years underground in central Mexico.

Carved in a vaguely Olmec style into a stone monolith, the seated jaguars—or possibly mountain lions—may have been part of a decorative hillside wall that was crawling with big-cat carvings, experts suggest.

The circa 700 B.C. carving, dubbed the “Triad of Felines” by archaeologists, was found about 60 miles (a hundred kilometers) south of Mexico City at Chalcatzingo, an archaeological site known to have had ties to the Olmec civilization.

Measuring about 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and 3.6 feet (1.1 meters) wide, the carving was originally set within a hillside and was designed to be clearly visible from a village below, experts say.

The discovery is only the latest of about 40 large stone carvings found at Chalcatzingo since 1935—many of them depicting cats, said David Grove, an anthropologist at the University of Florida who conducted research at Chalcatzingo for 30 years beginning in the 1970s.

As an example of Olmec-style art, Grove added, “Triad of Felines” is “spectacular.”

Mountain Lions (aka Cougar, Puma, or Florida Panther) are increasingly encountering humans as sprawl encroaches on their once isolated habitat. Click here to get tips on what to do if you encounter one in the wild: here.

Cougar swimming – Photo story: here.

Wildlife smugglers arrested with jaguar skins. September 2011. Two men from Texas Elias Garcia Garcia and Maria Angela Plancarte were arrested as they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States at Brownsville, Texas: here.

Watch a baby jaguar testing out its roar: here.

Secret mammals worldwide caught by camera-traps; photos here. See also here.

Pictures: Maya Royal Tombs Found With Rare Woman Ruler: here.

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  2. Mexico: 4,000 Year Old Archaelogical Site Discovered

    Mexico, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Mexican researchers have discovered an archaeological site in the state of Sinaloa estimated to be around 4,000 years old, reported the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

    Sixty projectiles points, 20 complete and 40 fragments, were found in the area built around two thousand years B.C.

    The site is located in the area know as Las Labradas, where evidence of the oldest human presence in that state was found.

    The find is greatly significant for Mexican archeology due to it changing the timing on the antiquity of human occupation in the country’s northwest, said archaeologist Joel Santos.

    Santos said that in addition to projectile points there other stone objects, such as knives and tool fragments were also found.

    The remains appear to be part of a rudimentary technology that was recorded in early sites in the southwestern United States and Mesoamerica, between the existing Mexican territories of Puebla, Sonora, Durango and Coahuila. From to the distribution of the discovered articles, archaeologists infer the existence of temporary camps and possibly a lithic manufacturing workshop.


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