Archeologists have found as much as 4926 cave paintings, all well-preserved, in Mexico in north-eastern region in Burgos.
Images of black, white, yellow and red depict animals, insects and humans and also abstract scenes and skyscapes. These paintings were found at eleven different sites though walls of only one cave had 1550 scenes on it. The area where these are found was thought previously to be uninhabited by the ancient cultures. These paintings give the idea that three groups at least of hunter-gatherers lived in the mountain range San Carlos. As yet, experts have been unable to date paintings, though they hope to analyse the paint chemically in order to find the approximate age.
Gustavo Ramirez, an archaeologist from Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History said that no ancient objects have been found that are linked to this context. He said that as the paintings were on the walls of ravine and in rainy season, sediments wash away so all that was left is gravel.In a cave, experts found the depictions of some pre-Hispanic weapon of hunting, atlatl that had yet not been seen on any paintings in state of Tamaulipas.
These paintings are being thought of as important find as they document presence of peoples who were Hispanic in the region where, according to Mr Ramirez, it was thought that nothing existed before.
Martha Garcia, one other archaeologist who is involved in Inah study, said that not much is known regarding the cultures that inhabited Tamaulipas. She said that these groups had escaped rule by Spanish for about 200 years as they had fled to Sierra de San Carlos where there was water, animals and plants for them to feed on.
These findings were shown during the 2nd Historic Archaeology meeting in National History Museum in Mexico.