Lost Limbs Foundation

Monday, June 3, 2013

Calixtlahuaca

Calixtlahuaca (from the Nahuatl, where calli means "house", and ixtlahuatl means "prairie" or "plains", hence the translation would be "house in the prairie" is a mesoamerican archaeological site, located near the present-day city of Toluca in the State of Mexico. Calixtlahuaca is noted for the discovery in 1933, of an unusual bearded terracotta head found in a burial pit, deep under cement pavement. Many in the scientific community thought the figure was Greek in origin, but later it was identified as Roman. To this day there has been no satisfactory explanation for how the head got to its location, and yet as you look at the area where the head was discovered, there are other anomalous structures in the area which may provide some clues.

Most of the remaining buildings at Calixtlahuaca, consist of temple platforms and scattered foundations of pre and post Aztec decent, with the exception of Temple 3. Scientists call it a temple, but the appear...Continue Reading— Calixtlahuaca: Temple 3 (21 photos)