Cenote survey turns up Maya sacrificial victims

Published on May 27th, 2011 | by Admin

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The remains of six Maya individuals sacrificed in the 9th and 10th centuries have been found at the bottom of a cenote in the Yucatan peninsula.

Bone remains of at least six individuals – “probably sacrificed during a couple of intense periods of water shortages between 900-1,200 years ago” – as well as ceramic objects, jade and shell beads, flint knives and animal bones, were found at the site.

At the bottom of the cenote, at a depth of about 50 meters (165 feet), archaeologists also found bone remains of another 20 individuals and more than 100 animal bones, ceramic objects and sculptures, “most notably one of a standard bearer with features similar to (that of) a jaguar,” INAH said.

Archaeologists also discovered another figure with “goggled eyes, similar to the faces that appear on the Tlaloc-type vessels” found at the Balankanche network of sacred caves, also in the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Story: Fox News Latino | Photo: EFE/Autonomous University of the Yucatan”s Underwater Archaeology Team/INAH

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