HOYO NEGRO

A Submerged Late Pleistocene Cave Site in Quintana Roo

Hoyo Negro is a project of the Subdirección de Arqueología Subacuática del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

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HOYO NEGRO

The cenotes and underwater cave systems of the Yucatan Peninsula are emerging as one of the most promising frontiers for Paleoamerican studies. Following the end of the last glacial maximum, rising sea levels flooded the region’s maze of underground passageways and preserved a diverse Late Pleistocene fossil assemblage. A female human skeleton, named "Naia," found in spatial association with the remains of now-extinct fauna in the submerged subterranean pit of Hoyo Negro presents a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary Paleoamerican and paleoenvironmental research in Quintana Roo, Mexico. At 13,000-12,000 years BP, the young woman’s skeleton represents the oldest nearly complete individual yet found in the Americas.

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NEWS + EVENTS

February 21, 2018

An evenening of presentations - Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City

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February 11-16, 2018

UC San Diego-led digital documentation and visual analytics effort presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR.

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February 9, 2018

Using a Virtual CAVE to Explore a Real One

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February 7, 2018

FIRST FACE AMERICA - NOVA special features the story of Naia. Airs February 7 on PBS.

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December 10, 2017

Round Table event at the Museo Maya de Cancun.

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PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Subdireccion de Arqueologia Subacuatica, INAH
Centro INAH Quintana Roo
Seccion de Restauracion del Centro INAH Campeche
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative, UC San Diego
Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego
Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego
East Tennessee State University
Northwestern University
McMaster University
Bay Area Underwater Explorers
CINDAQ
National Geographic Society, Expeditions Council
DirectAMS
Brian Strauss and the Strauss Family Fund
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Archaeological Institute of America
Waitt Foundation
Glenn Kawasaki
Anders Family Foundation
Zero Gravity Dive Center
Acuatic Tulum Dive Center
ProTec Dive Center
Halcyon Dive Systems
Bone Clones, Inc.
Marcia Kirby and Akumal Direct
SPECIAL THANKS
Katia Andreassi
Mark Bauman
Scott Blair
Adrienne Bolli
Francis Cordero
Tiffany Fox
Ana Galicia
Terry Garcia
Joaquin Garcia Barcena
Evan Hadingham
Gibran Huerta
Jared Lipworth
Rebecca Martin
Adriana Velazquez Morlet
Graham Townsley