Clay Figurines Of Acambaro, Mexico
A German merchant in Acambaro, Mexico, one morning in
July of 1944, was riding his horse near El Toro Mountain.
He saw something half buried in the dirt. Waldemar Julsrud
dismounted and dug up a ceramic piece that were unlike
anything he had seen before.
Eventually over 33,000 ceramic figurines were uncovered,
artifacts of the Chupicuaro Culture (about 700 BC to about
300 AD). Experts verified their antiquity, but Julsrud began
telling people that some of the pieces were of dinosaurs that
lived with the ancient people. Indeed, close examination makes
it obvious that some of the figurines showed obvious images of
dinosaurs; that was when some experts changed their opinions
about their age and authenticity.
It seems nobody doubted the ancient existence of the culture
of Chupicuaro, in what is not central Mexico. But some of the
scientists felt so sure of the ancient extinctions of all species
of dinosaurs that they wanted nothing to do with those many
thousands of ceramic figurines, even though only a small fraction
of them showed dinosaurs.
Some skeptics declared that the whole collection was a fraud,
that all of the figurines were fake, the result of a hoax. The idea
became circulated that local farmers created the many thousands
of ceramic figurines, when the fields needed no farm work in the
winter months. That was a baseless speculation, however, for
several local investigators looked into the insinuations. They
found that the local people never made any ceramic pieces, in
fact having not even a fraction of the wood that would have been
necessary to bake even a tiny fraction of the ceramic figurines
that were in the collection.
It seems that a Mexican dealer in ancient artifacts, in another
location in Mexico, had told an American archaeologist that a
farming family had created the figurines in recent years. The
paleontologist failed to investigate the declaration and assumed
the whole Julsrud collection was a fraud. The American then
publicized his opinion about a hoax.
The antiquity of some of the figurines has been tested, by two
scientific methods in fact, and they have been found to be a
great many centuries old.
One of the Acambaro ceramic figurines