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A lost Aztec tomb may lie under Mexico City

The discovery of a carved monolith of the Aztec deity Tlaltecuhtli under Mexico City in 2006 may indicate the presence of a lost Aztec royal tomb.

Archeologists digging in the dirt and black ooze under Mexico City’s most important public square have been tantalized for decades by the possibility of a great treasure and likely burial place of one of the last Aztec rulers.

“They keep finding astonishing things as they inch their way along,” says David Carrasco, a Harvard University historian who’s worked with Mexican archeologists at the Templo Mayor.

But the great find – a royal tomb – has eluded scientists. The city of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital that lies beneath the modern Mexico City, was founded on an island in the middle of a saltwater lake.

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