Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Pictures: Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple
National Geographic ^ | August 2012 | A.R. Williams

Posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Sixteen feet (five meters) below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of 1,789 bones from children, teenagers, and adults along with the complete skeleton of a young woman.

The burial, dating to the 1480s, lies at the foot of the main temple in the sacred ceremonial precinct of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, founded by the Aztecs in 1325. The Aztecs dominated central Mexico until falling to Spanish conquistadores in 1521.

Although several burials with multiple remains have been uncovered previously in this precinct, this is the first that includes human bones from such a wide span of ages.

The discovery offers a rare opportunity to study Aztec funerary rituals and religious beliefs. Few burials from that culture have come to light, most likely because they lie beneath modern buildings.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: aztecs; diversity; frickensavages; godsgravesglyphs; humansacrifice; mexico
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-46 next last


Cortesía/Héctor Montaño/INAH-Conaculta/RML

1 posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Fellow Indians.
As “peaceful” sacrifices.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 6:20:00 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Here I was thinking about how beautiful those space pictures are that you post, and then you come up with this, another photo from my family reunion.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 6:23:28 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Since it is a cross-section of ages, it will be found to be victims of the smallpox plague IMHO.


5 posted on 08/31/2012 6:27:00 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Was smallpox endemic to North America in the 1480’s? I thought it was imported by the evil white man beginning in 1492.


6 posted on 08/31/2012 6:32:46 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

All religions are equal.


7 posted on 08/31/2012 6:37:56 PM PDT by cmj328
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Sounds like modern Mexico - cartels just carrying on the “old ways” with AK 47’s and machetes.


8 posted on 08/31/2012 6:49:24 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

IMHO, you are wrong that it’s from small pox.

The reason? It date is prior to european arrival. Also, the probably wouldn’t have been mass buried as a result of disease. It’s not practical


9 posted on 08/31/2012 6:59:06 PM PDT by BereanBrain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I believe the correct term is “noble savages”


10 posted on 08/31/2012 7:15:16 PM PDT by aquila48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Like all others, the Aztec culture concluded with a death cult.

It’s nature’s way...


11 posted on 08/31/2012 7:17:35 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

re: “The burial, dating to the 1480s, lies at the foot of the main temple in the sacred ceremonial precinct of the Aztec capital . . .”

At the foot of the main temple? I’m guessing the bones are victims of their religious ceremonies, not smallpox. What little I have read of Aztec worship, buring the victims of their sacrifical worship next to the temple makes sense.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 7:26:36 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Human sacrifice and canibalism were integral parts of Aztec life. The victims were typically sacrificed in a temple at the top of the pyramid, and then the carcasses were thrown down the side of the pyramid. You only find parts of the bodies because parts of the victims ended up for sale as meat in the marketplace.

There was no smallpox in Aztec regions in 1480, or even much later. Aztecs sacrificed people of many different ages who were taken from tributary tribes. Those tribes didn’t enjoy being the “other white meat”, and so they enthusiastically helped Cortes end the Aztec reign of terror.

Most conservatives are afraid to violate the shibboleths of political correctness. Nevertheless, as hard as the Spaniards could be, they were pussycats compared to the Aztecs.


13 posted on 08/31/2012 7:28:26 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: achilles2000

“Parts of the victims wound up as meat”......yep....my family reunion....if the sales guy offered you a free hand with every purchase, then that was my cousin Mike.


14 posted on 08/31/2012 7:50:51 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: achilles2000

Oops, you’re right. It would have to be after 1521. My apologies. Retraction boldly printed...unlike NY Times and other liberal media outlets.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 8:15:03 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: headsonpikes

On the plaza in front of the big pyramid, the Aztecs had constructed something they called “the corncrib”, which was filled with stacked human skulls. Cortez et al were horrified, and at some point before they destroyed the whole complex, using measurements they estimated the number of skulls at a quarter million. These were remains of victims from years of various sacrifices, “games”, and what the Aztecs called “flower wars”, in which they’d attack some other tribe and keep attacking them until they submitted and started sending tribute — young males and females for various tortures and death.


16 posted on 08/31/2012 8:25:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Homer_J_Simpson
According to the, often tedious, timeline set out by Charles Mann in "1491", the pox hit SA around 1519 via the Caribbean. From that point onward he sees pox as the major factor in European expansion into the new world.

Oh, and mesoamerican/pre-colombian cultures were really vast and often quite advanced while Europeans didn't bathe too very much.

Please note the "often tedious" part but it's not a bad read if you bookmark a lot.

17 posted on 08/31/2012 8:36:43 PM PDT by norton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Thanks, but it isn’t all that big a deal..


18 posted on 08/31/2012 8:42:20 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: achilles2000

Sad story. Proof once again of how the indigenous population of the America, these noble savages, were corrupted by contact with Europeans.


19 posted on 08/31/2012 8:47:48 PM PDT by Robwin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv
"These were remains of victims from years of various sacrifices, “games”, and what the Aztecs called “flower wars”"

Yeah, but the Aztecs really, really, truly, honestly, sincerely, honestly, truly, really believed that human sacrifice was necessary... and sometimes you even had to flay the victim and wear his skin, but it was for a good cause.


20 posted on 08/31/2012 8:48:29 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-46 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson