Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC

The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. (PCSWDC), is an educational organization dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding of the peoples of the Americas before the time of Columbus. Founded in 1993, the Society provides a forum for the exchange of information regarding these pre-Columbian cultures between academic professionals and interested members of the public.

Utahns Explore Petroglyphs Near Camp Floyd

The lizard clan. A warrior’s shield. And a fake? That's the question posed by the Utah Valley's Daily Herald about the dual mysteries of petroglyph building blocks. Hidden in plain sight, feet from the visitor’s center at Camp Floyd State Park, is a collection of Utah Valley’s most antique art — Native American glyphs. Etched on stone, the art was gathered from 5-Mile Pass a century ago and was used as the building blocks for a monument to honor the area’s history. So what's the mystery? 

First, two of the stones are clearly graffiti, signed with the year they were made. Though hard to read, one appears to be 1915. The second is clearly dated 1935 — just four years before the monument was built. Why contemporary graffiti would be proudly displayed in a monument meant for the ages is, well, a mystery.
Second, one of the glyphs might be a contemporary fake. Shown photos by the Daily Herald, Richard Talbot of BYU’s Office of Public Archeology said one image of a bird appears not to be old at all, but noted that conclusion is premature.
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Glyphs Put Spotlight on Mayan 'Handspan'

This is an oldie but a goodie ... back in 2004 Mark Zender, of Harvard's Peabody Museum, prepared a white paper on "Handspan", which is also known as "Strike." Part ritual, part recreation, and almost wholly mysterious, the ancient Maya ballgame has  long been regarded as an enigmatic entity. Literally dozens of ballcourts are known; untold hundreds of pieces of ballgame paraphernalia are housed in Museums; and yet we know frustratingly little for certain about the rules of the ancient game, its purpose or its origins. Part ritual, part recreation, and almost wholly mysterious, the ancient Maya ballgame has long been regarded as an enigmatic entity. Literally dozens of ballcourts are known; untold hundreds of pieces of ballgame paraphernalia are housed in Museums; and yet we know frustratingly little for certain about the rules of the ancient game, its purpose or its origins.

If you'd like to reacquaint yourself with the study you can download it here:

http://www.mesoweb.com/pari/journal/archive/PARI0404.pdf

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