In the mountainous, arid zone of Queretaro state, 180 miles north of Mexico city, ancient cave paintings have been discovered which have attracted an expedition of scientists, academics and writers.
GV TILT DOWN Rock face with drawings
CU Drawing "People looking to sun"
CU Drawing "creatures from outer space"
CU Drawing "Sun, mountains, deer & man flying"
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SV Gonzalez Rul wetting the wall
CU Drawing "Mother Space ship" & "Mountain as seen from space"
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CU Drawing "Men around space ship"
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Background: In the mountainous, arid zone of Queretaro state, 180 miles north of Mexico city, ancient cave paintings have been discovered which have attracted an expedition of scientists, academics and writers.
Wall inscriptions have also been found at the location, which has for generations been a sacred place for the descendants of the Mexican Toltec people.
But the paintings and inscriptions creating the interest pre-date Toltec culture, and are probably thousands of years old.
The only people now living in the area, at Deca hill and Pathe village, are some 15 Indian families. One man suggested a reason for this to the new visitors with the remark "Here it only rains by mistake."
Juan Ruiz Healey, a Mexican broadcasting journalist, alerted the experts to the discoveries at the Queretaro caves, and the expedition which visited them went in by helicopter.
Among them were Archaeologist Dr. Francisco Gonzalez Rul, Mayologist Professor Domingo Martinez Peredes, chemist Edmundo Villegas, and a number of other specialists and writers.
Among the wall inscriptions, perhaps the most fascinating are those of a man dressed in what could be a space-suit, and of what might be a space-ship. The scientists have speculated that these wall-artists might have had contact with people from outer space.