A Trip to Peralta

13 Jan

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We took a day trip to Peralta, a Mesoamerican archeological site near San Jose de Peralta, about 1 and 1/2 hours from Guanajuato.

075Originally settled about 100 AD by the Chichimecs, part of the Mayan civilization, who had been hunter gathers, the Peralta settlement is characterized by 22 pyramids found in the outlying areas.

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The most important structure in Peralta is a double temple with a “Patio Hundido” (sunken patio). The main structure, La Mesita (The Small Table) or Recinto de los Gobernantes (governors’ precinct) has a large plaza which may have been the main square for the city.

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The priests and governors lived in casas at the top of the pyramid looking down on the central plaza. Games, religious and societal ceremonies were held in the large open space. Five other partially excavated sites with similar pyramidal structures lie in a surrounding pattern with access to Peralta, the governmental center. These outlying villages were believed to be mostly centered on agriculture.

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A large circular structure is common to prehispanic Mesoamerica. There is a large one here. The accuracy of the rock placement that creates the semi-circle is amazing.

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Obsidian was important to the culture and was used for tools and weapons. We were able to see beautiful obsidian arrowheads and knives excavated on the site. The obsidian objects still glow today with a deep black glossy luster.

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The angles of the structures are at a sharp 45 degrees. Stones fit tightly together to create impressive strength in the existing structures.

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Centers, like Peralta, were thought to be part of trade routes between central Mexico through northern and western Mexico extending up to New Mexico and Arizona, now part of the U.S.

According to archaeologists the settlement declined and collapsed due to the over exploitation of the surrounding deciduous rainforest. Peralta was abandoned around 900 CE.

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When you walk a site like Peralta, the weight of history is humbling. We fret so over the future of our own civilization. A visit to a settlement like Peralta puts our temporal concerns in perspective.

4 Responses to “A Trip to Peralta”

  1. Ursula January 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    So happy you are able to see some ancient sites! Wonderful photos Dana!

  2. Paul Mabarrack January 13, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Beautiful stone work. Reminds me of Peru.

    • Jill January 13, 2015 at 11:53 am #

      Me too. So many similarities in the cultures.

      • neil freer January 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

        If the work, translations and explanations, history by Sitchin and Sir Laurence Gardner are correct……..and I have to say that I am convinced by almost 40 years of intense study and criticism that they are right …… then, on the one detail of the western hemisphere Anunnaki colonization and development, primarily for gold, then the “god” of the Aztecs and Mesoamerica Quetzalcoatl (Plumed Serpent) was the Anunnaki known to the Egyptians as Thoth, the Greeks as Hermes, orginally to the Sumerians as Ningishida, son of Enki. He was known to be a skilled engineer, architect, would logically be the one to teach humans how to lay out and construct such monumental structures as we see all over the world…..perhaps pyramids of that size and shape, many with honeycomb tunnels and rooms deep within them, among their many potential functions, would be the best protection when the 10th Planet, NIbiru, comes into — as it is now — the inner solar system on its 3600 year eliptical orbit. see http://www.amazon.com/Neil-Freer/e/B000APGUUY, and I highly recommend Zecharia Sitchin’s The Lost Realms (all about what you are seeing )
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