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Aztec coin in sand. Source: breakermaximus / Adobe Stock.

Montezuma's Treasure: Unveiling the Shadow Cave Mystery (Video)

A secret tunnel known as the Shadow Cave has been discovered, potentially leading to Montezuma's Treasure . Following the conquest of the Aztec Empire by Hernan Cortes, Emperor Montezuma and his...

Ancient Tattoo Tool Rewrites the History of Native American Ink

A Ph.D. student has made an astonishing discovery - the earliest known Native American tattoo artifact. It is estimated that it is 2000-years-old and came from the very important Basket-maker II...
Taos Pueblo. New Mexico, USA.

Taos Pueblo: Evoking the Story of Ancestral Puebloans for 1000 Years

North and South America had their own civilizations which flourished in pre-Columbian times. The western hemisphere’s population before the 15th century is estimated at about 100 million people...
Chaco Canyon Pueblo Bonito Ruin.

Was a Key Ancient Puebloan Society Ruled by Women?

Discovering who was a leader, or even if leaders existed, from the ruins of archaeological sites is difficult, but now a team of archaeologists and biological anthropologists, using a powerful...
A conus shell necklace with abalone pendants and the pot in which it was found.

Witchcraft, Hunger, War, and Disease: Charting the Downfall of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo

About 590 years ago, the inhabitants of a large village in New Mexico abandoned it, just 125 years after its founding. Researchers think severe drought, food shortages, illness, and possible warfare...
Hohokam people working in gardens with irrigation canals. Outline showing one of the footprints found at the site in Tucson, Arizona.
Ancient children’s shoes found in Utah cave

Hundreds of ancient children’s shoes found in Utah cave shed light on little-known culture

A wealth of artifacts found in a cave on the shores of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, including hundreds of animal-skin moccasins that would have mostly belonged to children, raise new questions...