Mexico

Up in arms: Mexican archaeological bureau denounces damage to at least one mummy in Guanajuato’s famous museum

Local authorities respond that mummy deterioration is not new and even inevitable given a history of visitors “touching them or taking souvenirs, such as bits of clothing”

30 archaeological artefacts returned to Mexican authorities in Los Angeles ceremony

Objects ranging from the 1st century to the 15th century were handed over at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles earlier this month

Funerary urn dedicated to the Maya god of corn discovered in Mexico

The artefact is the latest archaeological marvel unearthed during the construction of the controversial Maya Train project

Hidden burial chamber discovered at Tulum Maya site in Mexico

The cavern’s entrance had been concealed by a boulder that appears to have pinned an unfortunate person to the spot when it was installed

Mexico’s Maya Train finally leaves the station after years of delays and tripling of costs

The rail network connecting archaeological sites and tourist destinations on the Yucatán peninsula is one of president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s legacy projects

Border Biennial showcases art across the Texas-Mexico border

It’s the first physical iteration of the El Paso and Juárez exhibition in five years, after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the 2020 edition

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Inaugural $100,000 Sfer Ik Award will support creation of AI-powered habitat for bats

The winning artist, Antoine Bertin, will develop "The Bat Cloud" during a two-month residency in the Mayan jungle

German authorities repatriate 75 ancient artefacts to Mexico

All but one of the items were voluntarily handed over by the Museum Schloss Salder in Salzgitter

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Mexico’s $28bn Maya Train puts 25,000 historic sites at risk

Many organisations, including Unesco, fear the project will negatively affect the region’s cultural heritage, natural environment and residents when it opens in December

California museum returns nearly 1,300 pre-Columbian artefacts to Mexico

The repatriation ceremony at the San Bernardino County Museum was timed to coincide with the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the US and Mexican Independence Day

Archaeologists discover ancient Maya necklace made from conch shell

The delicately carved choker necklace was found during excavations for the Maya Train project in the Yucatán Peninsula

Mexico’s Sfer Ik launches $100,000 award to support creation of AI art project

The Tulum-based art space is putting out an open call, with the winner receiving cash and a two-month residency

Intricate Maya nose ornament made of human bone discovered in Mexico

Archaeologists at the pre-Hispanic site of Palenque discovered the finely carved artefact, believed to be at least 1,100 years old

US returns almost 100 stolen pre-Hispanic artefacts to Mexico

They had been smuggled into the US after a 2008 museum heist

Ornate pre-Hispanic incense burner returned to Mexican officials in Texas ceremony

The clay archaeological marvel, which was recovered thanks to a Texan artist, is believed to be more than 1,300 years old

Maya skull carving found in German antique shop returned to Mexico

A skull relief carving hailing from the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá has been repatriated

Ancient Mesoamerican artefact with ties to ritual ball game returned to Mexico

An auction house in Austria intended to sell the artefact before officials stepped in, according to the Mexican government

San Diego-based collectors hand over pre-Hispanic artefacts to Mexican authorities

The 65 heritage objects in question include a glass with a clay pedestal dating from the Mesoamerican Classic period and a ceramic bowl dating from 200CE

Officials in Mexico call on Dutch auction house to halt sale of pre-Columbian artefacts

Some 30 objects in an auction this week are protected by Mexico’s cultural heritage laws, authorities there say

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One-tonne statue of Olmec ‘Earth monster’ that was illegally taken to US will be returned to Mexico

Authorities in New York recently informed Mexican officials that the artefact was recovered, though when exactly it was stolen and brought to the United States is unclear

Mexican authorities condemn French auction of pre-Columbian artefacts

In all, 83 artefacts scheduled to be sold in Paris next week are protected under Mexican law, authorities say

New museum planned for ancient Mayan complex Chichén Itzá, Mexico’s most visited archeological site

With first leg of controversial $20bn Maya Train project set to begin operation, authorities have stepped up excavation and development of archaeological destinations

Archaeologists in Mexico shed new light on ancient Huastec burial and construction practices

Recent excavations at a site in the state of Tamaulipas included analysis of large earthen mounds that were used for burials and everyday activities

The Netherlands returns more than 200 pre-Hispanic artefacts to Mexico

In all, 223 pre-Hispanic objects have been repatriated to Mexico by the Dutch government, largely through the power of social media

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Mexican government opens public consultation on controversial Maya Train

The announcement follows protests claiming the Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has rushed the development of the touristic train connecting archaeological sites in the Yucatán

Mexico’s Maya Train carries catastrophic archaeological and environmental risks, activists warn

The Mexican government is accused of concealing archaelogical findings along 1,500km route of president’s Yucatán mega-project

Ceremonial starfish offerings unearthed at Aztec temple in Mexico City

The ‘precious relics’ discovered at Templo Mayor link Aztec cosmology to the sea

Archeologists in Mexico decipher ancient frieze

The frieze, discovered in Oaxaca in 2018, contains glyphs symbolising themes related to superstition and social hierarchies in the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures