Category: precolumbian

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Square tower, McElmo Canyon, Colorado

Photographer: William Henry Jackson
Date: ca. 1875?
Negative Number 003980

The Americas and Time Keeping

How did they track days and years, before the arrival of Europeans?

Taino Woman’s DNA Yields Clues About Modern Ca…

Researchers mapped the genome of an ancient Taino woman using DNA from one of her teeth. She was buried 1,000 years ago at a site called Preacher’s Cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

She is most closely related to present-day Arawakan speakers in northern South America, where her ancestors likely originated. But the study revealed that she is also partly related to some modern Puerto Ricans. The findings support some continuity in the western Caribbean between the modern population and their pre-Columbus ancestors.

This Is A Whistle?!

To answer my own question, yes! It’s a whistle! Not sure if it still works though….

According to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this is a Mayan whistle in the form of a sitting woman. Discovered on Jaina Island, off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is believed have been crafted between 600 and 900 CE. Pretty neat!

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Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Photographer: Harold D. Walter
Date: 1954?
Negative Number 128725

pogphotoarchives:Chaco Canyon (Pueblo Pintado?), New MexicoDate:…

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Chaco Canyon (Pueblo Pintado?), New Mexico

Date: 1910?
Negative Number 029960

pogphotoarchives: School of American Research excavation of…

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School of American Research excavation of Great Kiva, Chetro Ketl, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Date: 1920-1940?
Negative Number 066982

pogphotoarchives: Roy Newton with metates from excavation,…

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Roy Newton with metates from excavation, Chetro Ketl, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Date: 1934
Negative Number 067111