After five years of excavation, archaeologists have discovered more than 600 skulls in an Aztec ruin. The remains were probably of hostile warriors.
Archaeologists in Mexico have discovered a total of more than 600 skulls after five years of excavations in an Aztec ruin. In the recent discovery in the newly discovered eastern part of Mexico City’s so-called Huei Tzompantli, 119 skulls were unearthed, including those of women and children, as the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced Friday.
Archaeologists believe that many of the remains belonged to enemy warriors and that the tower of skulls was built as a warning. Some may have been sacrificed to gods.
Tower probably dates from the 15th century
According to the researchers, the 4.7 meter diameter tower was probably built towards the end of the 15th century. It is located in the grounds of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán in Mexico City’s historic district.
Authorities say the Huei Tzompantli has been one of the most important archaeological finds in Mexico for years. The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán was stormed and destroyed by Spanish conquerors in 1521. They built what is now Mexico City on the ruins.