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Wednesday August 14, 2013

Mexican Experts to Reconstruct Face of Pre-Columbian Man

Mexican Experts to Reconstruct Face of Pre-Columbian Man

Photo: Pre-Columbian skeletal remains (INAH)

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Mexican National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, experts will reconstruct the face of an individual who lived some 700 years ago from pre-Columbian skeletal remains, officials said.

The skeleton was recovered 35 years ago in the western Mexican state of Michoacan and belonged to the elite of the western culture, according to studies made by the INAH and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM.

Studies have been made of the facial bones of the skull, found in a field of the Ario de Rayon municipality and taken to the Michoacan Regional Museum, to determine the characteristics of the individual it belonged to, INAH restorer Luisa Mainou, said.

The idea of the reconstruction is to obtain additional facts about the individual who lived during the Late Post-Classic Period (1300-1500 A.D.), Mainou said.

Research done by physical anthropologist Jorge Gomez determined that the skull belonged to a male individual who died between ages 22-24, was slim of build and some 1.6 meters (5 feet 3 inches) tall, and who did no physical labor.

The analysis also showed that he was an extremely healthy person who was very probably sacrificed, a hypothesis that will be either confirmed or dismissed later, Mainou said.