Acambaro figurines


The Acámbaro figures were uncovered in 1944 by a German immigrant and hardware merchant named Waldemar Julsrud. He stumbled upon the figures while riding his horse and hired a local farmer to dig up the remaining figures, paying him for each figure he brought back. Eventually, the farmer and his assistants brought him over 33,000 figures which included representations of everything from dinosaurs, dino’s eating people, people riding dino’s, to peoples from all over the world including Egyptians, Sumerians, and “bearded Caucasians”.

About 8 years later in 1952 an archaeologist, Charles DiPeso claimed the figurines to be fake for several reasons: the soil where the figurines were found showed evidence of being planted recently before having being dug up, none of the figurines show any signs of wear and no sand is encrusted in the crevices. He felt the people copied what they saw in comic books and at the cinema of the time.

The figurines were put on display at the National Museum in Mexico in 1955 showcasing arguments for both sides of the story.

The figurines were dated to 2500 BC by doing a TL test in 1969 at the Museum. This pleased everyone except hardcore archaeologists. Additional TL tests were done in 1978 and the test results yielded a manufacturing date of around 1940. Who conducted the second test? Same test, very different results. The first test was said to be flawed.

The debate rages on, yet new tests with current technology is not on the cards to put this argument to rest.

Sources: Penn Museum and WikiPedia



  1. How lucky are you to have seen the figurines yourself and thank you for sharing your viewpoint.
    I want to know if the 1978 test checked the same figurines as the 1969 test. From a collection of 33 000 figurines you would have to test a significant number of them for clear results.
    I feel people have been crossing the oceans from the moment they figured out how to use wood for floating. Navigation was always a non-issue as peoples migrated on foot across the world – the ocean is no different.

  2. Anonymous

    I have seen these figures myself while I was visiting Mexico, and what is more interesting to me (and not usually mentioned in articles about the figures) is there are many figures that depict what appear to be ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, and serpent people. Do I think the figures are authentic? Yes and no. I think some of them are real and some are fake. What muddied the waters with this collection is when Julsrud started paying farmers to go dig the figures up. I think after that the fakes started showing up. To dismiss the whole collection as being fake would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The depictions of what appear to dinosaurs do not necessarily prove that man walked with dinosaurs. Who knows maybe the shamans of these people entered an altered state of consciousness and saw these types of images.Who knows! I would like to see continued investigation into the collection and the depictions of ancients peoples fascinates me and makes wonder if at least some of the collection came from another civilization that was transplanted to that particular area of Mexico.

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