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Ancient 16th century imperial ritual complex discovered in Mexico

An ancient imperial ritual complex has been discovered in Mexico, dating to a century before the European conquest.The site includes a small pyramid, several platforms, a possible imperial treasury, and a colonial chapel.

“By walking over the entire island we were able to document 2,000 years of continuous occupation, climate change and a highly engineered environment,” said Fisher.

The Purepecha (Tarascan) Empire controlled much of western Mexico with a mutually fortified frontier shared with their rivals, the Aztecs to the east. The Lake Patzcuaro Basin was the geopolitical core of the empire with a dense population, centralized settlement systems, engineered environment and a socially stratified society.  

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