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Aztec Wolf burial unearthed in Mexico City

The remains of a wolf sacrificed 500 years ago has been found in Mexico City. A sacrificial wolf elaborately adorned with some of the finest Aztec gold ever found and buried more than five centuries ago has come to light in the heart of downtown Mexico City, once home to the

Skulls of women and children found in Aztec trophy skull rack

Researchers studying a recently unearthed Aztec trophy skull rack were surprised to find skulls that belonged to women and children. Said to be the heads of defeated warriors, contemporary accounts describe tens of thousands of skulls looming over the soldiers - a reminder of what would happen if they did not

Ball court found in Mexico City

The foundations of an Aztec temple and a ceremonial ball court have been unearthed in Mexico City. he remains of a major Aztec temple and a ceremonial ball court have been discovered in downtown Mexico City, shedding new light on the sacred spaces of the metropolis that Spanish conquerors overran five

Aztec skull rack found in Mexico

A massive skull rack built between 1485-1502 has been unearthed at Templo Mayor in Mexico City. Racks known as “tzompantli” were where the Aztecs displayed the severed heads of sacrifice victims on wooden poles pushed through the sides of the skull. The poles were suspended horizontally on vertical posts. Eduardo Matos, an

Ritual Aztec skulls found in Mexico

Excavations in Mexico City have lead to the discovery of 100 Aztec burials, including an offering of human skulls. Archaeologists announced...that excavations for a Mexico City subway extension have turned up what appears to be an unusual Aztec offering: a dog's skull with holes that indicate it was displayed on a

“Aztec” crystal skulls are fake…if you didn’t already know

Chemical & Engineering News has posted an interesting article about the famous Aztec crystal skulls. In recent years the skulls have undergone a barrage of tests which have proved them to be modern productions and not 16th century craftsmanship. So the team took a closer look at the skulls’ surfaces. As

Aztec feathered headdress restored

Researchers have diligently restored the "Penacho," the last surviving feathered headdress of the Aztecs. Steeped in myth and legend, the "Penacho", a feather headdress supposedly worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, continues to stir up passion in Austria and Mexico as it goes on display again after a years-long restoration. Some say

50 human skulls found in Aztec temple

The largest number of skulls found in one offering have been uncovered at Templo Mayor in Mexico City. The 50 skulls were found at one sacrificial stone. Five were buried under the stone, and each had holes on both sides — signaling they were hung on a skull rack. Archaeologist Raul Barrera

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