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Mexican Archaeologists Discover 1,200 Year-Old Zapotec Tomb

Mexican Archaeologists Discover 1,200 Year-Old Zapotec Tomb

Mexican archaeologists have discovered a roughly 1,200-year-old tomb at the Zapotec site of Atzompa, a find that shows the city's central complex not only had a civic-ceremonial area but also a residential section. continue reading »

Researchers Recreate Daily Life in Mayan City of Palenque

Researchers Recreate Daily Life in Mayan City of Palenque

Mexican researchers have reconstructed the political, economic, religious and cultural life of the ancient Mayan capital of Palenque on the basis of inscriptions left behind by its governing caste, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said Wednesday. continue reading »

Argentina’s Eduardo Relero Creates Amazing Optical Illusions

Argentina’s Eduardo Relero Creates Amazing Optical Illusions

Often spending as long as two weeks on a piece, Argentinian street artist Eduardo Relero is the artist behind some of the most amazing large-scale optical illusions. continue reading »

Spain’s Prado Sends 100 Piece Art Exhibition to Houston Museum

Spain’s Prado Sends 100 Piece Art Exhibition to Houston Museum

An exhibition of 100 masterpieces from Spain's Prado Museum opened Sunday at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, or MFAH, giving visitors a look at the evolution of Spanish painting from the 16th century to the 19th century. continue reading »

“Heavenly Jade of the Maya” Exhibits Opens in Washington D.C. Next Week

“Heavenly Jade of the Maya” Exhibits Opens in Washington D.C. Next Week

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Cultural Center will host the exhibit entitled “Heavenly Jade of the Maya,” comprising rare jade jewelry and objects from recent archaeological discoveries, starting December 19, 2012. continue reading »

Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain Artifacts Sold at Auction

Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain Artifacts Sold at Auction

The collection of objects and memorabilia belonging to Queen Victoria Eugenia, grandmother of Spain's King Juan Carlos, was sold at auction here Monday for 157,000 Swiss francs ($168,000). continue reading »

Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer Laid to Rest Song and Prayer

Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer Laid to Rest Song and Prayer

Acclaimed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died this week just 10 days shy of his 105th birthday, was laid to rest Friday in his native Rio de Janeiro amid cheers, prayers and song. continue reading »

Hispanic Youth Use “Magic Kites” to Reveal The Effects of Deportation on Families

Hispanic Youth Use “Magic Kites” to Reveal The Effects of Deportation on Families

Hispanic children and teens in North Carolina with parents or relatives in the process of deportation are creating "magic kites" with bits of their dear ones' clothing to tell their stories. continue reading »

Archaeologists Uncover Mayan Objects Over 2,000 Years Old

Archaeologists Uncover Mayan Objects Over 2,000 Years Old

Mexican archaeologists have found handicrafts from the Mayan culture in the southeastern states of Yucatan and Campeche, notable among which are ceramics some 2,300 years old. continue reading »

UPDATE:  One of Latin America’s Greatest Architects, Oscar Niemeyer, Dies

UPDATE:  One of Latin America’s Greatest Architects, Oscar Niemeyer, Dies

Celebrated Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died Wednesday at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, doctors said. He was 104. continue reading »

Famed Architect Oscar Niemeyer, 104, in Grave Condition in Brazil

Famed Architect Oscar Niemeyer, 104, in Grave Condition in Brazil

Centenarian Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is in grave condition, doctors at Rio's Samaritan Hospital said Wednesday. The 104-year-old father of modern architecture in Brazil continue reading »

Reserva de la Familia Showcases Mexican Artist Ricardo Pinto’s Work

Reserva de la Familia Showcases Mexican Artist Ricardo Pinto’s Work

Every year, Jose Cuervo and Tequila Reserva de la Familia offer famous Mexican artists the opportunity to create original artwork for its packaging. Each Reserva de la Familia box is made of wood and features the artwork of renowned Mexican artists. continue reading »

Placido Domingo Named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Placido Domingo Named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Spanish opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo on Wednesday became the new goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. continue reading »

Salvador Dali Artwork Donated to Goodwill in Washington

Salvador Dali Artwork Donated to Goodwill in Washington

It was a busy, noisy moment at a thrift store and donation site in Tacoma, Washington, when an anonymous donor left, mixed among other used items, a somewhat deteriorated engraving that turned out to be an original Salvador Dali. continue reading »

Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II’s Head-dress Restored, On Display in Austria

Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II’s Head-dress Restored, On Display in Austria

Is this feather head-dress, as many continue to claim, really in some way connected with the legendary Aztec ruler, Montezuma? Was this the headdress worn by a high-priest while performing ritual sacrifices or making offerings continue reading »