The Macaw from Cueva de Avendaños, Chihuahua

Author(s): Emiliano Gallaga

Year: 2017


At the beginning of 2016, a EAHNM archaeologist performed a rescue project in the Cueva de Avendaños, municipality of San Francisco de Borja, Chihuahua, as a result of a complaint. There, the land owner decided to level the cave surface with a bulldozer not knowing that an archaeological site lay beneath. The result was the destruction of a pre-Hispanic funerary context which included the remains of at least three mummified individuals accompanied by textiles, basketry, string, leather, shell and a mummified military macaw. Unfortunately, only the head of the macaw was preserved. This presentation will focus on the macaw remains and the importance of this animal in the prehispanic world, especially because is the first evidence of this species outside the site of Paquimé in northwest Mexico.

Cite this Record

The Macaw from Cueva de Avendaños, Chihuahua. Emiliano Gallaga. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431613)


Cave Chihuahua macaw

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14748