South American Ruins
Machu Picchu, "City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Mayan entrance in the caves of Xcaret, Riviera Maya, Mexico
The 5000-year-old 626-hectare archaeological site of The Sacred City of Caral-Supe in Peru, is situated on a dry desert terrace overlooking the green valley of the Supe river. It dates back to the Late Archaic Period of the Central Andes and is the oldest centre of civilization in the Americas.
San Agustin. Colombia. Archaeological Park. An altitude of 1800 meters at the source of the Magdalena River, in the Valley of the statues found more than 500 giant statues of people, gods and animals.
Formative Period Xochipala figurine, 1500 B.C to 200 C.E., Mexico. "Expressive gestures, naturalistic forms of hair, breasts, and plastic arms and legs make early and rare Xochipala figures among the finest ceramic works of the ancient New World." "These primal works of superb technical virtuosity represent some of the greatest ceramic figurines in all of the vast body of Mesoamerican art." wiki quotes
A Lost City of Serpent Men, Chichen Itza
Summer of 1944, a German merchant, Waldemar Julsrud, made a discovery that has caused a stir in the scientific community. Waldemar Julsrud was riding his horse along the lower slope of El Toro Mountain near the town of Acambaro, Mexico, when he noticed something unusual poking out of the dirt (35). He tore into the ground and unearthed a few ceramic objects unlike anything he had ever seen before. His discovery led to the excavation of over 33,500 ceramic, stone, and jade figurines and artifacts
Hidden Unseen: What Ancient People Believes about Dinosaurs
Sun Dagger solar marker at Equinox, Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico Culture: Anasazi While the rock formation was a work of nature, the Anasazi specifically and deliberately placed the spirals as a way to identify the summer and winter solstice, as well as the spring and fall equinoxes. This is a black and white photo that's been hand painted by Corson Hirschfeld.
Sun Dagger solar marker at Equinox, Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico Culture: Anasazi // photo: Corson Hirschfeld
Codex Mendoza (1542) - An Aztec codex, detailing military conquests and daily routine, created about twenty years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico with the intent that it be seen by Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. En route to its commissioner it was stolen by the French, and finally ended up in a library in England
A small 1,200-year-old theatre, probably used as a political tool, has been found at Plan de Ayutla in Chiapas, Mexico. It was a unique theater, since it was found in an acropolis, 137 feet above the other plazas. The stage lay within a palace complex. Located near the North Acropolis, the theater was enclosed by buildings dating to 250-550 B.C. on all sides. A 26-foot-long façade of one of these buildings was torn down around 850 A.D. to create the forum and make it work as an acoustic shell.
Lamanai, Mayan ruins in Belize. This is one of the highest ruins I got to climb. When I got to the top, I could see for miles!! Just miles of green, luscious jungle surrounded us. It was amazing. We took a 17 mile river ride to get to the ruins, and walked a few miles with boisterous monkeys up in the trees as we walked. What a magical experience!!
Lamanai Mayan Ruins, Belize
One of two pre-hispanic stone sculptures that were found in the archeological site of Tonina, near Ocosingo, southern Mexico is seen Wednesday, July 6, 2011. According to Mexico's National Institute of History and Anthropology, INAH, the 1,300-year-old limestone sculptures of captured Mayan warriors could shed light on the alliances and wars among Mayan cities during the civilization's twilight [Credit: AP/Moyses Zuniga]