Drawing of Omitlan by W Niven (Design deriv by Liz Leafloor Ancient-Origins)

Omitlàn: In Search of a Lost City in Mesoamerica

In 1891, the American geologist and antiquarian William Niven set off on a journey of discovery and exploration through the Mexican state of Guerrero. What he found would change the course of his life forever. He did not just discover a lost city, but the evidence of a civilization that thrived in the unexplored highlands of Guerrero long before the time of the Aztecs, the Maya and the Olmecs.

One of very few pictures of the ruins discovered by Niven at Omitlán shows a large temple platform built of small carved stone blocks (note person in the foreground for scale) Mediateca INAH

One of very few pictures of the ruins discovered by Niven at Omitlán shows a large temple platform built of small carved stone blocks (note person in the foreground for scale) Mediateca INAH

Into Unknown Guerrero

William Niven was a curious figure of amateur archaeologist, geologist and antiquarian, who would later become associated with James Churchward’s Lost Continent of Mu by way of his discovery at Azcapotzalco of hundreds of inscribed clay and stone tablets apparently vindicating Churchward’s theories.


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