Sunday, May 26, 2013


Cantil de las Animas, Photo - Mauricio Garduño, INAH.

A petroglyph panel discovered in Nayarit in western Mexico, was recently reported by  Archaeologist Mauricio Garduño, of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) described the petroglyphs as representing themes of fertility-fecundity: rain clouds, sectioned snail shells, and feminine vulvae; in the western half, we found cranium profiles whose front point to the east, precisely towards the sunrise.” Garduño (stated) some of the panels may have played an astronomical role in the Aztlan annual ritual cycle.”(

The panel has been assigned dates of between 850 and 1350 AD. Named the Cantil de las Animas (Ledge of the Souls) it is located near the town of Jesus Maria Cortes in Tepic, Nayarit, and measures approximately 4 meters long by 2 meters high.  Garduño stated that the petroglyph iconography “is linked to the pictorial tradition of the ancient Aztlan culture” 850-900 AD to 1350 AD which was located primarily in the lower coastal regions of northern Nayarit and southern Sinaloa. Reportedly very little archaeological investigation has taken place in this region so we may hope for news of more such exciting reports in the future. Thanks to for their role in making this information available to us and for fuller information check their site below.


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