Murals Discovered in México Will Help Study of Teotihuacán Culture

By Dialogo
June 15, 2009

MEXICO, June 11, 2009 (AFP) – Four cave murals dating from the classical period (200-650 A.D.) were discovered in the Mexican state of Querétaro, and could be useful in the study of the Teotihuacán civilization, which mysteriously disappeared before the year 650, the Institute of History and Anthropology (INAH) reported Thursday. During their excavations in March and April 2009 a group of Mexican anthropologists discovered “a set of architecture characterized by polychromatic murals in the Teotihuacan style," the institution said. The site is “decorated with polychromatic murals in the Teotihuacan style, which would confirm the hypothesis of a close relationship between the inhabitants of El Rosario (Querétaro, center) and the metropolis in central Mexico,” he added. The murals are painted mainly in black, yellow, red, blue, green, aquamarine, and white. "Representations of curved obsidian knives and bleeding hearts stand out among the iconographic elements,” he said. Even though the site’s research is in progress, the anthropologists estimate that it was “founded by Teotihuacan groups since, probably, the first years of the rise of the metropolis." Teotihuacán, a civilization that developed between the years 1 and 650 A.D., reached a population of 85,000 people and extended over 3,500 hectares in the high plain located in the center of the country before it mysteriously disappeared. Teotihuacán’s pyramids, or "The City of the Gods," are located 50 km north of the Mexican capital, and constitute one of the country’s main tourist attractions.