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If I could roll back time…

10 April 2007

It’s frustrating to write Mexico history, because so much of it was purposely destroyed.  Not just by the Spanish, though they did their fair share, but — so it would seem — by every dominant culture.  Tlacael, the “Snake-woman” — who was a man, that’s just the title — was the power behind the Aztec throne from about 1420 til his death in 1492 (he was about 100) rewrote history, and burned all the records (though he missed a few) in the 1460s.  The Spanish.. and Pancho Villa for that matter, burned property records to make land distribution simpler. 

The upshot is we really have no clue as to how far back Mexican civilization goes.  It seems that the whole country is one giant pyramid, built on top of whatever was there originally.  Everywhere you dig, you come up with something (an entirely unknown civilization was discovered a few years ago when the water company was laying lines in Aguascalientes).  And we keep pushing back the timeline. 

Oh well, what’s another millenium or so?

From UPI, via Earth Times:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 10 U.S. anthropologists have found evidence of ancient maize farming in the Gulf Coast region near Tabasco, Mexico.

Florida State University anthropology Professor Mary Pohl and colleagues discovered farmers in Mexico were cultivating an early form of maize, the forerunner of modern corn, about 7,300 years ago — 1,200 years earlier than scholars previously thought.

Pohl conducted an analysis of sediments in the region and concluded people were planting crops in the “New World” of the Americas around 5,300 B.C. “These are significant new findings that fill out knowledge of the patterns of early farming,” said Pohl. “It expands on research that demonstrates that maize spread quickly from its hearth of domestication in southwest Mexico to southeast Mexico and other tropical areas in the New World, including Panama and South America.” The results of Pohl’s study — conducted with Dolores Piperno of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington; Kevin Pope of Geo Arc Research; and John Jones of Washington State University — appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Copyright 2007 by UPI  

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  1. 11 April 2007 4:41 pm

    (if i could roll back time i’d stuff it in a tortilla and smoke that badboy up.)

    great find!

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