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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Archaeologists found the Aztecs enemies skull rack

A group of archaeologists found large rack containing the skull in an old building in the center of Mexico City. Pile skull was supposed to be part of traditional ceremonies that had been done the Aztecs. This tribe never mastered the Mesoamerican region, from central Mexico to Costa Rica, in the 14th to 16th centuries.
A team of archaeologists working in Mexico City's historic center has unearthed an ancient skull rack, which has been mentioned in early texts dating back to the second half of the 16th century in New Spain.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1I6vXsR)
In Nahuatl language used by the Aztec people, shelves piled skulls known as tzompantli. The rack is used as a display of human skulls that have been cleaned up to white. The skulls are usually taken from the enemy soldiers who become victims of ritual atop temple by the Aztec priests.
Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, an archaeologist from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) points to a drawing of the Templo Mayor Aztec complex, during a news conference at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City August 20, 2015. (Picture from: http://reut.rs/1V3Gle8)
Shelf skull was excavated in a cathedral of the colonial era. Experts suspect the newly discovered partially rack was made between 1485 and 1502. The length of the shelf was estimated at 34 meters and a width of about 12 meters. Hundreds of skulls expected once neatly arranged on shelves wooden pegs to cause fear and amazement.
Raul Barrera, an archaeologist from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), speaks to the media as a picture of a skull that was discovered at the ruins of the Templo Mayor Aztec complex is seen above him, during a news conference at the Anthropology.... (Picture from: http://reut.rs/1V3Gle8)
Archaeologist Raul Barrera said the tzompantli is a device that has a specific symbolism. "We hope to reveal that many of these skeletons belong to the enemy Aztecs captured, sacrificed and decapitated before display here," he said as quoted by Reuters last week.

Known as the Aztec tribe who enjoyed war at once very religious. Their territory is also very large, covering the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean coast. The Aztecs and culture shattered when Spanish explorers arrived and fight them at the beginning of the 16th century.

The archaeologists also hope the findings of shelves piled skulls that could reveal how the behavior of the ruler of the Aztecs increase its influence at the expense of human beings. Despite having assessed cruel ritual, the Aztecs also known as the people who are able to develop irrigated farming techniques, architecture tall buildings, and the calendar system. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | REUTERS]
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