Archaeologists in Mexico found a tower of human skulls which gives light to the brutal history of the Aztecs.
Archaeologists in Mexico found a tower of human skulls that casts doubt to some historical records of the ancient Aztecs. Instead of only men warriors, skulls found at the site included those of women and children.
The long-lost sinister structure was investigated by archaeologists for more than one and a half years based on records by Spanish conquistadors. It is believed to be a part of Huey Tzompantli, which became a legend among Spaniards when they colonized Mexico.
One of the archaeologists, Raul Barrera, revealed one of the records was that of Andres de Tapia, a Spanish soldier who fought during the conquest of Mexico in 1521. Based on De Tapia’s writings, the structure is made up of thousands of skulls.
Rodrigo Bolanos, a biological anthropologist, revealed in an interview that something not recorded in history might have happened.
“We were expecting just men, obviously young men, as warriors would be, and the thing about the women and children is that you’d think they wouldn’t be going to war.”
“Something is happening that we have no record of, and this is really new, a first in the Huey Tzompantli,”
The structure was found close to the Templo Mayor, an Aztec temple in their capital of Tenochtitlan, which was later developed into Mexico City. The Aztec culture was a Mesoamerican culture which thrived in Central Mexico during the post-classic period from 1300-1521.
Aztecs are known in history with their infamous human sacrifice rituals. Aztecs believed they owed everything to the gods who created them and performs human sacrifice for good crop yield or good weather. The Templo Mayor was one of the main temples used for human sacrifices.
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