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The Tequixquiac carving (also known as the Barzena carving after its finder) is a carving representing the face of a dog, wolf or coyote. It was carved from the sacrum of a leistocene and now long extinct camelid species.
The carving was found in 1870 by Mariano Barcena and published in 1882. The discovery was made at a depth of 12 m below surface in pleistocene deposits dasted to around 40,000 years in the valley of Mexico, 67.5 km (42 miles) north of Mexico City. The artefact was subsequently "lost" in the 1890s but re-discovered in 1956. Studies done on the carving have largely confirmed its authenticity although the age of the artefact remains unclear because we donot know whether the carving had been done soon after the animal's death or long after.
The carving is the earliest example of true art found in the Americas so far. The true purpose and meaning of the carving, as well as the culture that produced it, remain unknown.
The site also has produced stone tools (flakes, scrapers) and splinters of mammoth bones worked into awls.
Originally posted by kimish
reply to post by punkinworks10
Finds like that may debunk the out of Africa theory once and for all. Very interesting indeed.
Would that also be the time before Amerindians settled the western Hemisphere? I've always said that perhaps the "Indians" weren't the first ones to settle N. and S. Americasedit on 1-5-2013 by kimish because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by isyeye
Where are these ruins located?
Hint: The style of the construction resembles many other ruins in that part of the world.
Nan Madol is a ruined city that lies off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei that was the capital of the Saudeleur dynasty until about 1628. [note 1] It is in the present day Madolenihmw district of Pohnpei state, in the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. The city consists of a series of small artificial islands linked by a network of canals.  The site core with its stone walls encloses an area approximately 1.5 km long by 0.5 km wide and it contains nearly 100 artificial islets—stone and coral fill platforms—bordered by tidal canals.
The name Nan Madol means "spaces between" and is a reference to the canals that crisscross the ruins. The original name was Soun Nan-leng (Reef of Heaven), according to Gene Ashby in his book Pohnpei, An Island Argosy.  It is often called the "Venice of the Pacific