Category: Mexico

Little boys at a ranch in Michoacan, Mexico, circa 1952….

Little boys at a ranch in Michoacan, Mexico, circa 1952. Photographed by Earl Leaf.

Local boys sing and play the guitar as they serenade a woman in…

Local boys sing and play the guitar as they serenade a woman in Patzcuaro, Mexico, June 1962. Photographed by Earl Leaf.

Mayan Cave of Untouched Offerings Found

After a villager notified authorities about a cave hidden beneath the Maya site of Chichen Itza, archaeologists crawled hundreds of feet through passages that were only 16 inches high in places. In the cave, they encountered hundreds of undisturbed ritual artifacts, including incense burners depicting the rain god Tlaloc.

Here’s the funny part – this was actually the second time this cave was discovered! The cave was first discovered by locals about 50 years ago. At the time, they alerted archaeologist Víctor Segovia Pinto to the find. He ordered the cavern sealed and issued a brief report, which was soon forgotten. Last year, locals once again pointed out the location to archaeologists, and this time they decided to actually investigate it.

This sounds like a bungled opportunity by Pinto but today’s archaeologists say it was a boon. Because everything was left in situ, and they plan to leave the artifacts in the cave now, it will remain an intact time capsule that can be studied with the most modern of techniques. Cutting edge 3-D mapping and paleobotany examinations are in the works. And who knows what scientists will come up with in the future? The current plan is that the cave, intact and preserved, will be waiting to be examined by each new generation of techniques.

A market in Mexico City, Mexico in 1965. Taken…

A market in Mexico City, Mexico in 1965. Taken with Kodachrome.

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Emperor Maximilian of Mexico , circa 1864 via …

Emperor Maximilian of Mexico , circa 1864

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_I_of_Mexico Maximilian was Austrian Archduke and younger brother of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, he was offered Mexican crown by French Emperor Napoleon III whose army had invaded Mexico. 1866 after end of US civil war and worried by rise of Prussia in Europe Napoleon III pulled French troops back to Europe, Maximilian refused to follow and year later he was besieged, caught and executed by forces loyal to President Benito Juarez. He is buried in Habsburg dynasty imperial crypt in Vienna

Amazing pics that document everyday life of Mexico in 1902.

Amazing pics that document everyday life of Mexico in 1902.

Gay men pose for a photo while being detained …

Gay men pose for a photo while being detained at a Police Station – Mexico, 1935

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Five shots of a woman braving the streets of Mexico City, circa…

Five shots of a woman braving the streets of Mexico City, circa 1950.

Intriguing Ritual Burial Found From Pre-Classi…

Found in southern Mexico City, it is a burial unlike any other we know of. Ten interlocking skeletons of various ages and genders were laid to rest, arranged in a spiral shape. Some hold ceramic spheres and stones in their hands and the grave also contains various sizes of ceramic vessels, that presumably once contained grave goods. It is the largest single burial from the Valley of Mexico.

Laid to rest in a pit about 6 feet (2 meters) wide, they were most likely interred at the same time, sometimes between 500 and 400 BCE. Archaeologists think they were buried at the same time because the arms of one person were placed under the spine of another, suggesting they were deliberately arranged. Plus, that spiral.

So far, three of the ten remains have been sexed: two women, one man. There also appears to be a range of ages. While most on first analysis are young adults, there is at least one more mature adult, a child between 3 and 5 years old, and an infant just a few months old. Some of the skeletons, though not all, also show cranial deformations and dental mutilations, which are known to have been practiced in other Mesoamerican cultures including the Maya and Inca.

Map of Tenochtitlan, From 1524

You might know it as today’s Mexico City.