One of Mesoamerica’s oldest tombs found

Archaeologist Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta removes dirt from remains that were among those found at a tomb that is one of the oldest in Mesoamerica.
An elaborate crypt at least 2,500 years old was found in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The remains are believed to be an early ruler of the Zoque people.

The Zoque are generally thought to be descended from early emigrants from the Olmec culture. The tomb was near the top of a three-story pyramid at the site of Chiapa de Corzo, about 60 miles southeast of the Olmec coastal city of La Venta on the Gulf of Mexico.

Aerial view of the Mound 11 excavations. (Oscar Leon Ramírez)

“For so long, the Olmec people have been considered the ‘Mother Culture’ where everything started in Mesoamerica,” said archaeologist Carl Wendt of Cal State Fullerton, who was not involved in the research. “This find is showing that complexity is not necessarily confined to the Olmec area.”

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