Life and Travel in Puebla, Mexico

Part of the structure

Part of the structure

1.5 hours from Puebla. Within the town there is a small fossil museum and a site featuring some camel and other animal tracks forever captured in mud.  Millions of years ago Tepexi was covered by an ocean, and later a lake, hence the fossils. Outside the town, perhaps 30 minutes down a gravel/dirt road, you’ll find your biggest reason for coming to Tepexi: the site of Tepexi el Viejo, a Prehispanic fortress. Judging by the pottery shards everywhere and the unofficial pathways, the site seems as yet to be unexcavated, though it is protected by the INAH.

3 Comment(s)

  1. Anonymous age 70

    9 February 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I am far from an expert, though I have lived near here for some years now. But, some of the ruins of buildings in the Fort were filled with dirt for a very long time and now they are opened up. So, I would say there has been a partial excavation. But, not digging up the ground and running the dirt through screen filters like they do on major archeological projects.

    There are ancient cemeteries and other ancient things in the area. But, the Mexican government cannot even afford to register new antiquities any more, not to mention protect and investigate.

    The folk continued to live in the Fort for a long time, but finally the government ordered them to move to the new site, the current Tepexi. I am doing genealogical work, and the documents of the local church started prior to 1620. Until around 1660, the family names were mostly indigenous, and the priests ordered everyone to take Spanish surnames. Except, of course, the Moctezuma family. The local documents can be accessed by Internet from Salt Lake City, Utah.

    A mile or two back toward Puebla on the highway, just beyond a bridge, a place called Axamilpa, on a bluff are ancient hand prints of the type found in caves in Europe and believed to be thousands of years old. Throwing red paint at hands, thus leaving hand prints. It is called Witches hands. Old timers said their old people said their old people said they were very old. Some of them are twenty feet up the bluff. But, some people are skeptical and assume this is modern trickery.

    • bekkster

      11 February 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks for the very interesting information! You’re the first person to tell me about the archaelogical site and town. I’ve never heard of Axamilpa but now I’m curious about those handprints!

  2. Anonymous age 70

    13 February 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I sent a picture to your mail account, I hope.

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