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Tzinacamoztoc, Possible Use of a Lava Tube as a Zenithal Observatory Near Cantona Archaeological Site, Puebla, Mexico

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Tzinacamoztoc, Possible Use of a Lava Tube as a Zenithal Observatory Near Cantona Archaeological Site, Puebla, Mexico
Creator:
Espinasa-Pereña, Ramón
Diamant, Ruth
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English

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Anthropology ( local )
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Mexico

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An artificial structure was discovered under a natural skylight inside Grutas de Tzincacamóztoc, in the vicinity of the archaeological site of Cantona. The structure is made up of piled rocks, defining a pentagonal enclosure with a central mound. Detailed measurements and computer modeling allowed tracing of the sunbeam path projected on the structure and on the cave floor, particularly for dates of astronomical and/or Mesoamerican calendrical importance. This corroborates the possible prehispanic use of this site as a complex and sophisticated gnomon. Se descubrió una estructura artificial bajo un tragaluz natural en las Grutas de Tzinacamóztoc, cerca del sitio argueológico de Cantona. La estructura consiste en un apilamiento de rocas que define un recinto pentagonal con un monticulo central. Mediante medidas detalladas y modelación por computadora se pudo obtener la traza del haz de luz proyectada sobre la estructura y el piso de la cueva, en particular para fechas de importancia astronómica y/o calendarica ritual mesoamericana, corroborando el posible uso prehispanico de este sitio como un complejo y sofisticado gnomon.
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An artificial structure was discovered under a natural
skylight inside Grutas de Tzincacamztoc, in the vicinity of
the archaeological site of Cantona. The structure is made up of
piled rocks, defining a pentagonal enclosure with a central
mound. Detailed measurements and computer modeling allowed
tracing of the sunbeam path projected on the structure and on
the cave floor, particularly for dates of astronomical and/or
Mesoamerican calendrical importance. This corroborates the
possible prehispanic use of this site as a complex and
sophisticated gnomon. Se descubri una estructura artificial
bajo un tragaluz natural en las Grutas de Tzinacamztoc, cerca
del sitio argueolgico de Cantona. La estructura consiste en un
apilamiento de rocas que define un recinto pentagonal con un
monticulo central. Mediante medidas detalladas y modelacin por
computadora se pudo obtener la traza del haz de luz proyectada
sobre la estructura y el piso de la cueva, en particular para
fechas de importancia astronmica y/o calendarica ritual
mesoamericana, corroborando el posible uso prehispanico de este
sitio como un complejo y sofisticado gnomon.