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The finding of a mortuary bundle in a rocky shelter of the oriental part of Sierra Gorda, in the municipality of Zimapan, Hidalgo, that contains the osseous remains of an adult approximately 20 years of age at death, is considered unique in the entity’s archaeology, since they haven´t registered any similar cases. 

Archaeologists Juan Manuel Toxtle Farfan and Ariana Aguilar Romero, from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), informed that the inhabitants of the municipality notified INAH about said finding, which is why INAH experts traveled to the site and could state that given it’s characteristics it could belong to the pre-Hispanic epoch. 

Toxtle Farfan added that the finding is not a mummy, because it would still conserve bland tissue, as skin, muscles and tendons, whereas these remains do not. The only thing left are bones, but in an excellent state of conservation. 

The specialists detailed that the osseous remains, found last 10th of july, are covered in a pigmented fabric and a mat. The cranium still has hair, and some teeth can be glimpsed, as well as other parts of the skeleton. 

“The skeleton seems to be complete, but we will not know this with certainty until we can open the shroud, but at first glance we can appreciate the cranium, tibias, clavicles, scapula and some ribs”. 

“The bundle’s characteristics, the position of the skeleton, the shroud and the space in which it was placed indicate this is a pre-Hispanic burial”, added the specialist of the INAH Center in Hidalgo. 

He added that it is the only one that has been found up to date, which makes it a unique finding in the entity’s archaeology. “It is known that in the Mesoamerican beliefs, caves and other rocky refuges were considered entrances to the underworld and the residence of death deities, which is why they served as funerary spaces in most cases”. 

When referring to its characteristics, he mentioned that given the denture and tibia, the physical anthropologist Arturo Gomez was able to determine the age it could have had at death, placing it around 20 years old. “The molars of the skeleton, which appear between 16 and 24 years of age, are without wear”. 

Specialists are still unsure about its sex, since the important bones for this study (hip bones) are still under the bundle. To be able to analyze and understand other characteristics with precision they will have to open the bundle which will only be done once a restorer can intervene and give the fabric and mat some treatment in order to conserve them.

Ceramic rattle. Jalisco, Mexico. Donation. Context and period unknown.

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Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay (French, 1828-1915)
Albumen prints, Mayan ruins of Mexico
Maison Du Nain, Uxmal. (1862-1863)
Palais Des Nonnes, Uxmal. (1862-1863)
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Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay (French, 1828-1915)
Albumen prints, Mayan ruins of Mexico
Maison Du Nain, Uxmal. (1862-1863)
Palais Des Nonnes, Uxmal. (1862-1863)

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Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay (French, 1828-1915)

Albumen prints, Mayan ruins of Mexico

  • Maison Du Nain, Uxmal. (1862-1863)
  • Palais Des Nonnes, Uxmal. (1862-1863)

Ceramic rattle from Jalisco, Mexico, shaft tomb tradition/Teuchitlan Tradition, 100 BCE–200 CE

Aztec vulture vessel, 1200AD–1521AD

Head Hacha (axe), Veracruz, 400AD–800AD

Aztec Drum (Teponaztli) 15th–16th century

The “Mourning Figure” a West Mexican shaft tomb figurine from Nayarit, Mexico, 200BC to 200AD [from The Metropolitan Art Museum]

Seated ball player, West Mexican shaft tomb figurine, 1st–4th century AD

An aerial view of the site of Los Guachimontones consisting of a raised patio with a circular central altar and rectangular platforms spaced around it. Teuchitlan, Jalisco - 300BC to ~900CE

A landscape view of Circle 2 at the site of Los Guachimontones in Teuchitlan, Jalisco - 300 BCE to ~900 CE

Post-Classic painted ceramic vessel from Nayarit, 1400 CE - 1500 CE

Seated couple, shaft tomb figurines, Nayarit, 1st century BCE–3rd century CE

Support Vessel in the shape of a vertebral column. Monte Alban II 200BC-200AD