September 3, 2008: Archaeologists have discovered the oldest human skeleton in the Americas in an underwater cave close to Cancún, Mexico in the Yucatán Peninsula. The skeleton - of a female - is estimated to be around 13,600 years old. This find is expected to increase understanding of the first humans living in the Americans. Several other skeletons of similar ages have been found as well.
Game and Story Use
- Defiling the resting places of the dead is often said to bring a curse. Will a skeleton of that age trigger a particularly powerful curse?
- Some people claim that the Americas were originally colonized from Atlantis. If so, examining her grave and remains could give hints to that effect.
- Even the fallout of the skeleton being found to be … not entirely human1 … might be highly significant.
- For a more mundane campaign, there is occasionally conflict between Amerindian communities and archaeologists over pre-Columbian remains, even those which might pre-date the arrival of the pre-Columbian population2.