ʟᴏs ʟᴜɴᴀs ᴅᴇᴄᴀʟᴏɢᴜᴇ sᴛᴏɴᴇ: ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴇɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴀɴᴅᴍᴇɴᴛs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡ ᴍᴇxɪᴄᴏ

ANCIENT MYSTERIES & HISTORY

ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏs ʟᴜɴᴀs ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀʟsᴏ ᴋɴᴏᴡɴ ᴀs ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴀɴᴅᴍᴇɴᴛ ʀᴏᴄᴋ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴀʙʀɪᴅɢᴇᴅ ᴠᴇʀsɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴄᴀʟᴏɢᴜᴇ ᴏʀ ᴛᴇɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴀɴᴅᴍᴇɴᴛs, ᴄᴀʀᴠᴇᴅ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ғʟᴀᴛ ғᴀᴄᴇ ᴏғ ᴀ ʟᴀʀɢᴇ ʙᴏᴜʟᴅᴇʀ ʀᴇsᴛɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ sɪᴅᴇ ᴏғ ʜɪᴅᴅᴇɴ ᴍᴏᴜɴᴛᴀɪɴ, ɴᴇᴀʀ ʟᴏs ʟᴜɴᴀs, ɴᴇᴡ ᴍᴇxɪᴄᴏ, ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ 𝟹𝟻 ᴍɪʟᴇs sᴏᴜᴛʜ ᴏғ ᴀʟʙᴜǫᴜᴇʀǫᴜᴇ.

ᴛʜᴇ sɪᴛᴇ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴋɴᴏᴡɴ ᴀs “ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀʏ ᴍᴏᴜɴᴛᴀɪɴ” ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏᴄᴀʟs ғᴏʀ ᴍᴀɴʏ ʏᴇᴀʀs. ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇ ɪs ʜᴇʙʀᴇᴡ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ sᴄʀɪᴘᴛ ɪs ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʟᴅ ʜᴇʙʀᴇᴡ ᴀʟᴘʜᴀʙᴇᴛ, ᴀ ʟᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ɢʀᴏᴜᴘ ʀᴇᴘʀᴇsᴇɴᴛɪɴɢ ᴛᴇᴛʀᴀɢʀᴀᴍᴍᴀᴛᴏɴ ʏʜᴡʜ, ᴏʀ “ʏᴀʜᴡᴇʜ,” ᴍᴀᴋᴇs ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴀɴᴄᴇs ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ɢʀᴇᴇᴋ ʟᴇᴛᴛᴇʀs ᴍɪxᴇᴅ ɪɴ.

ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏɴᴇ ɪs ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴏᴠᴇʀsɪᴀʟ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴄʟᴀɪᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ɪs ᴘʀᴇ-ᴄᴏʟᴜᴍʙɪᴀɴ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇғᴏʀᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴏғ ᴏғ ᴇᴀʀʟʏ sᴇᴍɪᴛɪᴄ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀᴄᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀs. ʜᴏᴡᴇᴠᴇʀ, ᴄᴏɴᴠᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ʜɪsᴛᴏʀʏ ᴛᴇᴀᴄʜᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀs ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇᴜʀᴏᴘᴇᴀɴs ᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ ɪɴ 𝟷𝟺𝟿𝟸 ʙʏ ᴄᴏʟᴜᴍʙᴜs, ᴏʀ ᴍᴀʏʙᴇ ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ʜᴜɴᴅʀᴇᴅ ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴇᴀʀʟɪᴇʀ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴠɪᴋɪɴɢs.

ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ sᴛɪʟʟ sᴇᴇᴍs ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴀɴ ᴀᴠᴇʀsɪᴏɴ ᴀᴍᴏɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇsᴛᴀʙʟɪsʜᴍᴇɴᴛ ʜɪsᴛᴏʀɪᴀɴs ᴛᴏ ᴇᴠᴇɴ ᴄᴏɴsɪᴅᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ɪᴅᴇᴀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀɴᴄɪᴇɴᴛ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴛᴇʀʀᴀɴᴇᴀɴ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇs ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍɪᴅᴅʟᴇ ᴇᴀsᴛ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴇɴᴛᴜʀɪᴇs ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ ᴄʜʀɪsᴛ.

ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏɴᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ʙʏ ғʀᴀɴᴋ ᴄ. ʜɪʙʙᴇɴᴀ (𝟷𝟿𝟷𝟶-𝟸𝟶𝟶𝟸), ᴀ ʀᴇᴛɪʀᴇᴅ ᴜɴɪᴠᴇʀsɪᴛʏ ᴏғ ɴᴇᴡ ᴍᴇxɪᴄᴏ ᴀʀᴄʜᴀᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛ ɪɴ 𝟷𝟿𝟹𝟹. ʜᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴄʟᴜᴅᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴀᴛ ʟᴇᴀsᴛ 𝟷𝟶𝟶 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴏʟᴅ.

ʜᴇ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ʟᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴄʟᴀɪᴍᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ sʜᴏᴡɴ ᴛʜᴇ sɪᴛᴇ ʙʏ ᴀ ɢᴜɪᴅᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ʜᴀᴅ sᴇᴇɴ ɪᴛ ᴀs ᴇᴀʀʟʏ ᴀs 𝟷𝟾𝟾𝟶. ᴏᴛʜᴇʀs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴄʟᴜᴅᴇᴅ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴇxᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ᴍᴜsᴛ ʙᴇ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ᴏʟᴅᴇʀ.

ᴀs ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴀʟʟᴇɢᴇᴅ ᴇᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ ғᴏʀ ᴘʀᴇ-ᴄᴏʟᴜᴍʙɪᴀɴ sᴇᴍɪᴛɪᴄ ᴘʀᴇsᴇɴᴄᴇ ɪɴ ɴᴏʀᴛʜ ᴀᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ, sᴜᴄʜ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀᴛ ᴄʀᴇᴇᴋ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴜᴄsᴏɴ ᴀʀᴛɪғᴀᴄᴛs ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡᴀʀᴋ ʜᴏʟʏ sᴛᴏɴᴇs, ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏs ʟᴜɴᴀs sᴛᴏɴᴇ ɪs ᴍᴀʀᴋᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʙsᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴏғ ᴀɴʏ ᴀssᴏᴄɪᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴀʀᴄʜᴀᴇᴏʟᴏɢʏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴇsᴛᴀʙʟɪsʜ ɪᴛs ᴀᴜᴛʜᴇɴᴛɪᴄɪᴛʏ ᴏʀ ᴅᴀᴛᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ.

ɪɴ 𝟷𝟿𝟿𝟼, ᴘʀᴏғ. ᴊᴀᴍᴇs ᴅ. ᴛᴀʙᴏʀ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴘᴛ. ᴏғ ʀᴇʟɪɢɪᴏᴜs sᴛᴜᴅɪᴇs, ᴜɴɪᴠᴇʀsɪᴛʏ ᴏғ ɴᴏʀᴛʜ ᴄᴀʀᴏʟɪɴᴀ – ᴄʜᴀʀʟᴏᴛᴛᴇ, ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠɪᴇᴡᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴀᴛᴇ ᴘʀᴏғᴇssᴏʀ ғʀᴀɴᴋ ʜɪʙʙᴇɴ, “ᴡʜᴏ ɪs ᴄᴏɴᴠɪɴᴄᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ɪs ᴀɴᴄɪᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴜs ᴀᴜᴛʜᴇɴᴛɪᴄ. ʜᴇ ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇ ғɪʀsᴛ sᴀᴡ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴇxᴛ ɪɴ 𝟷𝟿𝟹𝟹.

ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʟɪᴄʜᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘᴀᴛɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀs ʜᴀʀᴅʟʏ ᴠɪsɪʙʟᴇ. ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ sɪᴛᴇ ʙʏ ᴀ ɢᴜɪᴅᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ʜᴀᴅ sᴇᴇɴ ɪᴛ ᴀs ᴀ ʙᴏʏ, ʙᴀᴄᴋ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ 𝟷𝟾𝟾𝟶s.” ᴀᴛ ᴘʀᴇsᴇɴᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ɪᴛsᴇʟғ ɪs ʙᴀᴅʟʏ ᴄʜᴀʟᴋᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ sᴄʀᴜʙʙᴇᴅ ᴜᴘ.

ʜᴏᴡᴇᴠᴇʀ, ɢᴇᴏʀɢᴇ ᴍᴏᴏʀᴇʜᴏᴜsᴇ (𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟻), ᴀ ᴘʀᴏғᴇssɪᴏɴᴀʟ ɢᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛ, ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀʀᴇs ᴛʜᴇ sᴜʀᴠɪᴠɪɴɢ ᴡᴇᴀᴛʜᴇʀɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴏɴ ᴀ ɴᴇᴀʀʙʏ ᴍᴏᴅᴇʀɴ ɢʀᴀғғɪᴛᴏ ᴅᴀᴛɪɴɢ ɪᴛsᴇʟғ ᴛᴏ 𝟷𝟿𝟹𝟶.

ʜᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴄʟᴜᴅᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴄᴀʟᴏɢᴜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ɪs ᴄʟᴇᴀʀʟʏ ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴛɪᴍᴇs ᴏʟᴅᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴛʜɪs ɢʀᴀғғɪᴛᴏ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ 𝟻𝟶𝟶 ᴛᴏ 𝟸𝟶𝟶𝟶 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ʙᴇ ᴀɴ ᴜɴʀᴇᴀsᴏɴᴀʙʟᴇ ᴇsᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇ ᴏғ ɪᴛs ᴀɢᴇ.

ᴀᴄᴄᴏʀᴅɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴀʀᴄʜᴀᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛ ᴋᴇɴɴᴇᴛʜ ғᴇᴅᴇʀ, “ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏɴᴇ ɪs ᴀʟᴍᴏsᴛ ᴄᴇʀᴛᴀɪɴʟʏ ᴀ ғᴀᴋᴇ.” ʜᴇ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛs ᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ “ᴛʜᴇ ғʟᴀᴛ ғᴀᴄᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏɴᴇ sʜᴏᴡs ᴀ ᴠᴇʀʏ sʜᴀʀᴘ, ᴄʀɪsᴘ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ…” ʜɪs ᴍᴀɪɴ ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇʀɴ ʜᴏᴡᴇᴠᴇʀ ɪs ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴀᴄᴋ ᴏғ ᴀɴʏ ᴀʀᴄʜᴀᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴇxᴛ.

ʜᴇ ᴀʀɢᴜᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏɴᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇᴅ ᴡʜᴏᴇᴠᴇʀ ɪɴsᴄʀɪʙᴇᴅ ɪᴛ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ “sᴛᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ ᴀʟᴏɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴀʏ, ᴇɴᴄᴀᴍᴘᴇᴅ, ᴇᴀᴛᴇɴ ғᴏᴏᴅ, ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ ᴛʜɪɴɢs, ᴅɪsᴘᴏsᴇᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʀᴀsʜ, ᴘᴇʀғᴏʀᴍᴇᴅ ʀɪᴛᴜᴀʟs, ᴀɴᴅ sᴏ ᴏɴ.

ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ ᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs sʜᴏᴜʟᴅ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʟᴇғᴛ ᴀ ᴛʀᴀɪʟ ᴏғ ᴘʜʏsɪᴄᴀʟ ᴀʀᴄʜᴀᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ ᴇᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴀᴄʀᴏss ᴛʜᴇ ɢʀᴇᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴀᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀɴ sᴏᴜᴛʜᴡᴇsᴛ, ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀʏ ᴏғ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴜɴᴅᴇɴɪᴀʙʟʏ ᴘʀᴏᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇxɪsᴛᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴏғ ғᴏʀᴇɪɢɴᴇʀs ɪɴ ɴᴇᴡ ᴍᴇxɪᴄᴏ ɪɴ ᴀɴᴛɪǫᴜɪᴛʏ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ ᴅᴇᴍᴏɴsᴛʀᴀʙʟʏ ᴀɴᴄɪᴇɴᴛ ʜᴇʙʀᴇᴡ ᴍᴀᴛᴇʀɪᴀʟ ᴄᴜʟᴛᴜʀᴇ…” ᴀɴᴅ sᴛᴀᴛᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ “ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ɴᴏ ᴘʀᴇ-ᴄᴏʟᴜᴍʙɪᴀɴ ᴀɴᴄɪᴇɴᴛ ʜᴇʙʀᴇᴡ sᴇᴛᴛʟᴇᴍᴇɴᴛs, ɴᴏ sɪᴛᴇs ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀɪɴɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴅᴀʏ ᴅᴇᴛʀɪᴛᴜs ᴏғ ᴀ ʙᴀɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴀɴᴄɪᴇɴᴛ ʜᴇʙʀᴇᴡs, ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴇᴠᴇɴ ᴀ ᴄᴜʀsᴏʀʏ ᴋɴᴏᴡʟᴇᴅɢᴇ ᴏғ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʀᴄʜᴀᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ ʀᴇᴄᴏʀᴅ ғᴏʀᴍs ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴅᴇᴍᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ. ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀɴ ᴀʀᴄʜᴀᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ sᴛᴀɴᴅᴘᴏɪɴᴛ, ᴛʜᴀᴛ’s ᴘʟᴀɪɴʟʏ ɪᴍᴘᴏssɪʙʟᴇ.”

ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏɴᴇ’s ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ ᴏғ ᴏᴠᴇʀ 𝟾𝟶 ᴛᴏɴs, ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴍᴏᴠᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴍᴜsᴇᴜᴍ ᴏʀ ʟᴀʙᴏʀᴀᴛᴏʀʏ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅʏ ᴀɴᴅ sᴀғᴇᴋᴇᴇᴘɪɴɢ. ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴠɪsɪᴛᴏʀs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴄʟᴇᴀɴᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏɴᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴs ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ʏᴇᴀʀs, ʟɪᴋᴇʟʏ ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴏʏɪɴɢ ᴀɴʏ ᴘᴏssɪʙɪʟɪᴛʏ ғᴏʀ sᴄɪᴇɴᴛɪғɪᴄ ᴀɴᴀʟʏsɪs ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴs’ ᴘᴀᴛɪɴᴀ.

ɴᴇᴠᴇʀᴛʜᴇʟᴇss, ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀʀɪɴɢ ɪᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴍᴏᴅᴇʀɴ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ɴᴇᴀʀʙʏ, ɢᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛ ɢᴇᴏʀɢᴇ ᴇ. ᴍᴏʀᴇʜᴏᴜsᴇ, ᴀ ᴄᴏʟʟᴇᴀɢᴜᴇ ᴏғ ʙᴀʀʀʏ ғᴇʟʟ, ᴇsᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ 𝟻𝟶𝟶 ᴀɴᴅ 𝟸𝟶𝟶𝟶 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴏʟᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇxᴘʟᴀɪɴɪɴɢ ɪᴛs ғʀᴇsʜɴᴇss ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴀᴄᴋ ᴏғ ᴘᴀᴛɪɴᴀ ᴀs ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴅᴜᴇ ᴛᴏ ғʀᴇǫᴜᴇɴᴛ sᴄʀᴜʙʙɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ɪᴛ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴠɪsɪʙʟᴇ.

 

 

 

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