Petroglyph panel in Tlaltetela, Veracruz, México

Author(s): Aarón Felipe Lopez; Aarón felipe lópez

Year: 2017


The Rio de los Pescados runs in a mountanous zone of the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The river passes through various ecological zones of varying terrain before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Tlaltetetla is a small town located on a plateau approximately 60 meters above the basin of the Rio de los Pescados in central Veracruz. Approximately one kilometer from Tlaltetetla, there is a large petroglyph panel on a 7.6 meter high by 24.6 meter long rock wall in the river basin. There are over 100 elements covering the panel, including 10 anthropomorphic depictions. Other figures appear to represent plants, animals, lightning bolts, and symbols similar to war shields and gods from various eras and cultures. Because of the variety of representations, it is believed the symbols were created over numerous centuries as the site lies along a route used for many years for trade and travel.

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Petroglyph panel in Tlaltetela, Veracruz, México. Aarón Felipe Lopez, Aarón felipe lópez. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430690)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16534