News from the March/April 2013 issue of Archaeology: A team from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History recently finished excavating a colorful figurine from a tomb at the site of Atzompa in southern Mexico, a suburb of the great Zapotec capital city of Monte Albán. Some researchers believe it may be an image of the man buried there, or of one of his ancestors. Interpretation of the figurine’s clothing, jewelry, and vivid coloration has much to say about Zapotec culture. Spreading out to either side of the figurine's head are green feathers that likely represent those of the quetzal birds that lived in the cloud forests of Guatemala.

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