Tomas Cruz, an archaeologist with the National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH), working on a site where the 500-year-old interior of a partially excavated stone box contains an Aztec offering in which the bones of a jaguar with the round emblem of the war god Huitzilopochtli, and a layer of coral, the remains of a large number of starfish and shells.
Archaeologists have made a gruesome discovery in Mexico City that could lead to the first Aztec royal tomb, according to Reuters.
Experts find an array of the sacrifice remains during an excavation at the base of the Templo Mayor temple site in the centre of Mexico City. Reuters reports that the finds the body of a 9-year-old boy dressed as Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war. The Aztecs made human sacrifices to the deity, who is also the god of the Sun.
The boy wore a wooden disk, which is a symbol for Huitzilopochtli and a necklace made of jade beads. Linked to the corpse of the shoulders were the wings made of hawk bones.
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The remains of a jaguar dressed as an Aztec warrior were also found in a large, rectangular stone coffin, according to Reuters. A wooden disk, symbol of Huitzilopochtli was also discovered on the jaguar on the back of an atlatl, or spear throwing tool discovered in the box.
The 500-year-old interior of a round stone shows the bones of a sacrificed young boy dressed as a warrior and dedicated to the Aztec war god Huitzilopochtli, in Mexico City, Mexico in this handout photo released on March 15, 2019, Reuters, with permission of the Templo Mayor Project of the National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH)
(INAH/Mirsa Islas/handout via REUTERS)
The area was once the epicenter of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan — a gruesome site where human sacrifices were performed to honor the gods. Captives were taken to the city’s Templo Mayor, the great temple, where the priests removed their still beating hearts, according to the Science.
Experts think that the boy and the jaguar had their hearts torn, although more research is needed to confirm their theory.
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Other artifacts discovered in the excavations are stone boxes with, respectively, extensive flint knives, and copal bars, which were used for incense by the Aztec priests.
The 500-year-old interior of a stone coffin shows an Aztec offering, including a set of black flint knives decorated to represent warriors with carved mother of pearl, jade and green stone and are used by priests in ritual sacrifices, in Mexico City, Mexico March 14, 2019.
The findings have sparked speculation that they could lead archaeologists to the elusive tomb of an Aztec emperor, according to Reuters. Experts are still looking for an Aztec royal burial site.
Other horrific discoveries have revealed aspects of the Aztecs’ bloodthirsty culture. A wide range of skulls buried at the Templo Mayor, for example, offers a chilling glimpse into the Aztec human sacrifice.
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In 2012, archaeologists announced the discovery of the skeleton of a young woman surrounded by piles of 1,789 human bones in the Templo Mayor.
The gruesome discovery offers a chilling glimpse into the Aztec ritual sacrifice.
Other sites in Mexico shed a new light on the region’s ancient cultures. In 2017, for example, archaeologists discovered a mysterious tunnel and the room under the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacan. With a diameter of 49 metres, the room is a ritual space that was used for the funerals, according to experts. The hidden room and the tunnel could be linked to the ancient culture of the concept of the underworld, ” she said in a statement.
Last year, archaeologists in Mexico the state of Morelos discovered an ancient temple in an Aztec-era pyramid damaged in the country in September 2017 earthquake.
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Earlier this year, experts announced the discovery of a Maya ritual cave full of artifacts. The cave was found on the famous Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico’s Yucatan.
The discovery has led to speculation that the artifacts may lead to an elusive Aztec royal tomb.
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In another project, archaeologists in southern Mexico discovered an ancient mask with an image of a 7th-century Mayan king.
File photo of Tourists visit the Templo Mayor archaeological site in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.
(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Fox News’ Christopher Carbone, Katherine Lamb, and the Associated Press contributed to this article.
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