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Cultural center displays archaeological finds in Chapultepec, Mexico

So much so that the deposits discovered are enough to sustain the exhibition portion of the Center for Environmental Culture (CCA), which today began an exhibition of these relics, many of which were found during the implementation of the Chapultepec Nature and Culture Project.

Among many other works, it includes a pavilion dedicated to the dissemination of the country’s environmental culture and natural wealth, and will open with the exhibition “El Bosque de Chapultepec, living heart of Mexico”.

The «Chapultepec. Cerro de Manantiales” recreates the most recent discoveries reported at the site, including those stemming from the archaeological salvage that accompanied the creation of the CCA.

Experts appreciate this place as a human settlement more than three thousand years old, the scene of historical events that shaped the face of the capital and the nation.

They point to a small area between the Cárcamo de Dolores and the Xochipilli Fountain where the archaeological team found evidence that alters the chronology recorded at Chapultepec. In fact, the forest is already considered the oldest place of human presence in the west of the Mexican Basin.

The current excavations have brought to light ceramics, figurines and carved lithographs more than three millennia old, which provide data on the first groups of settlers in the area.

In the same section, it is explained that this early settlement is due to the fact that the promontory, actually one of the oldest volcanoes in the basin (it formed 23 million years ago), has existed since before man appeared on Earth, always surrounded by water .

Another aspect that stands out in the exhibition is the dissemination of archaeoastronomical studies, which have shown that at the winter solstice, from the top of Cerro de Chapultepec, the sun can be seen rising “from the womb” of Iztaccíhuatl.

This phenomenon was interpreted by the Mexicans as the rebirth of their tutelary god Huitzilopochtli, a sign of a new cycle and the beginning of the construction of temples dedicated to this warrior and sun god, as well as Tlaloc.