posted on Aug, 17 2012 @ 10:13 AM
Discover Ancient Zapotec Tomb
The tombs are located one on top of the other and, unlike previous discoveries, are not underground. One of the burial chambers is decorated with
a mural of a ball game, a theme not found before in Zapotec funerary practices.
The funerary complex, which has three burial chambers, was found about three months ago at the Atzompa archaeological zone, the INAH said.
Archaeologists managed to get into the third pre-Columbian burial chamber, which contained human remains that are likely those of a male, INAH
archaeology coordinator Nelly Robles Garcia said.
The remains will be analyzed to determine the age, nutrition and health of the individual, as well as whether there are intentional deformities of a
cultural nature. Archaeologists found a fractured skull belonging to another individual next to the remains, leading them to conclude that it may have
been an offering.
A small, black tubular pitcher and pieces of a vessel were also found in the burial chamber. A red urn with a human face on it and other items were
found in the grave, archaeologist Eduardo Garcia said.
Ok found this one a bit interesting. I thought I'd share this with you. It seems that we may have found a tomb [My speculation] of a possible "Sports
fan or Star" of the period. The discovery includes a mural of the ancient ball game that was very popular at one time in the region.
It isn't surprising that this type of discovery would be made. When one considers that all over the region and throughout many cultures history this
particular ball game was extremely important and very popular.
A few years back I wrote a thread on the topic. I proposed that the Giant Olmec heads may have been the sports stars of their time. Either that or
famous warrior kings.
Olmec Giant Stone Heads Mystery Solved?
, If you haven't read it yet please take a few minutes and enjoy.
Here is a view of what the various courts looked like.
Here is a little more history behind the ancient ball games of Central America
Ancient Invention The Mexican Ball Game
Ball Game Origins
The most extraordinary sport of the ancient world was the sacred ball game of Central America and the southern United States. It was first played
in about 1000 B.C. by the Olmecs, who lived along the Bay of Mexico, and by all the later great civilizations of the region. From the very start it
was played by the most important members of society. The colossal Olmec heads—carved from basalt brought down from mountains fifty miles away and
weighing up to forty-four tons—show Olmec rulers wearing head coverings. A plausible explanation is that these are the protective helmets (like
those of modern football players) worn by the Olmecs when playing their sacred ball
It is not known precisely when or where the Mesoamerican ballgame originated, although it is likely that the game originated earlier than 1400 BCE in
the low-lying tropical zones home to the rubber tree. One candidate for the birthplace of the ballgame is the Soconusco coastal lowlands along the
Pacific Ocean. Here, at Paso de la Amada, archaeologists have found the oldest ballcourt yet discovered, dated to approximately 1400 BCE.
The other major candidate is the Olmec heartland, across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec along the Gulf Coast. The Aztecs referred to their Postclassic
contemporaries who then inhabited the region as the Olmeca (i.e. "rubber people") since the region was strongly identified with latex production. The
earliest-known rubber balls come from the sacrificial bog at El Manatí, an early Olmec-associated site located in the hinterland of the
Coatzalcoalcos River drainage system. Villagers, and subsequently archaeologists, have recovered a dozen balls ranging in diameter from 10 to 22 cm
from the freshwater spring there.
Five of these balls have been dated to the earliest-known occupational phase for the site, approximately 1700—1600 BCE.These rubber balls were found
with other ritual offerings buried at the site, indicating that even at this early date the ballgame had religious and ritual connotations. A stone
"yoke" of the type frequently associated with Mesoamerican ballcourts was also reported to have been found by local villagers at the site, leaving
open the distinct possibility that these rubber balls were related to the ritual ballgame, and not simply an independent form of sacrificial offering
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