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Severed head offering found in Aztec temple
Past Horizons ^ | 7-28-2013

Posted on 08/15/2013 6:37:32 AM PDT by Renfield

Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) recently found the decapitated skull of an individual still lying in the offering bowl, dating back 500 years ago at the Tlatelolco temple site in Mexico City.

The area is excavated within the tourist site. Image: INAH.

The area is excavated within the tourist site. Image: INAH

Tlatelolco is a site in Mexico City where remains of the pre-Columbian city-state of the same name have been found centred on the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, which is a large square surrounded on three sides by a excavated Aztec monuments and a seventeenth-century church called the Templo de Santiago.

According to the archaeologist Salvador Guilliem, director of the Tlatelolco Project, the decapitated remains belonged to a young adult and were deposited as an offering in a ceramic vessel.The grisly find was found at a stratum level that relates to the construction phase VII-A of the Great Temple (between 1500 and 1515 CE) and may represent a consecration offering, placed here during the preparation rituals of the space that the new structure would occupy.

The skull sits in a ceramic bowl. Image: INAH.

The skull sits in a ceramic bowl. Image: INAH

A grisly discovery

“We are further exploring the area to see if the offering is composed exclusively of the skull in the bowl, or if there are more remains associated with it”, said Guilliem and he added that although, “more physical anthropology studies were required, [the initial examination of] the teeth determine he is a young adult, most likely a war captive that would have been ritually decapitated.”

The discovery was made after a custodian, in charge of cleaning and maintaining the site, , reported what seemed to be a buried pot. Subsequent inspection and excavation by archaeologists Salvador Guilliem and Paola Silva found a small offering that had been covered with limestone, because of the recent torrential rain a small landslide had exposed this fascinating discovery.

Paola Silva, responsible of maintenance in Tlatelolco, explained that this offering is actually the 34th found to date.

Source: INAH


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: archaeology; aztecs; godsgravesglyphs; mexico

Videos are at the linked page.

1 posted on 08/15/2013 6:37:32 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 08/15/2013 6:37:48 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Savages.


3 posted on 08/15/2013 6:43:39 AM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Renfield

Ahhhh, diversity!

Every culture is of equal value!

Perhaps the Mexican drug cartels are just a revival of ancient Aztec ritual?

/sarc


4 posted on 08/15/2013 6:44:12 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Renfield

It’s a shame he wasn’t more headstrong.


5 posted on 08/15/2013 6:44:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Renfield
The Aztecs? Weren't they the benign, genteel and sagacious folks who were brutally exterminated by scurvy Europeans a few centuries ago?


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 08/15/2013 6:46:11 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Yeah, life was good in the Americas until the conquistadores showed up, and ruined it for everybody...
apacalypto photo apocalypto-7.jpg
7 posted on 08/15/2013 6:52:57 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Renfield

If the Old Testament teaches us anything, it is that God, while longsuffering, does have a limit to his patience with such societies.


8 posted on 08/15/2013 7:03:08 AM PDT by sinatorhellary
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To: Renfield

Liberals love savage ‘civilizations’ especially those that were replaced by Christianity.
The more savage the better.


9 posted on 08/15/2013 7:07:42 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Bearded savages always act like bearded savages.)
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To: Renfield

It seems when the religious get in power in any civilization, it is not a good thing.


10 posted on 08/15/2013 7:17:00 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: I want the USA back

Yup.....the liberals would have us all believe that the “native” Americans were all living in peace and harmony at one with nature and all was just fine and dandy before the evil white Europeans invaded their shores.

Although the historical record is completely contrary to this mythological view.


11 posted on 08/15/2013 7:18:36 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: icwhatudo

Considering the tactics of the cartels, not much has changed.


12 posted on 08/15/2013 7:23:29 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

There were cannibalistic practices spread across the New World. Even the vaunted Iroquois got into it on occasion.


13 posted on 08/15/2013 7:39:27 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Renfield

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L52X9pUL5kQ

These guys have a different take on what/who they really were.


14 posted on 08/15/2013 7:44:02 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: dfwgator

Or stiff-necked.


15 posted on 08/15/2013 7:53:49 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Renfield

The Spanish arriving there and eradicating that culture was akin to the US Army liberating Nazi death camps.


16 posted on 08/15/2013 8:00:50 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DonaldC

More accurately, it’s not a good thing when ignorant masses permit tyrants who cloak themselves in the mantle of religion to acquire power.


17 posted on 08/15/2013 8:17:41 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
the liberals would have us all believe that the “native” Americans were all living in peace and harmony at one with nature...

Long before I found FR, I got into an argument with a bunch of liberals who claimed just that.

I asked them "What were the stone axes, war shields for? Don't need either of them for hunting and leather shields won't stop lead bullets?".

At that point they stopped "contributing" to the discussion...
18 posted on 08/15/2013 9:13:58 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: RedMonqey

exactly.


19 posted on 08/15/2013 9:50:02 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: RedMonqey
While both sides could be guilty of atrocities, the idea that Indian tribes didn't do their own share of slaughtering people is a myth propagated by the academic and entertainment industries. Case in point, in western Wisconsin close to where I live there is a memorial to the Sac Indians who were starving in the 1830s and left their reservation seeking food. A federal army chased and eventually caught up with the Indians about thirty miles south of La Crosse, Wisc. near the Bad Axe River. Many Indians were killed by federal troops. Some Sac Indians tried to escape by re-crossing the Mississippi River.

The army had some help in their killing. It was the Sioux Indians. They were bitter enemies of the Sac, and were only too happy to help the army in killing the Sac Indians. So whenever I read about and feel guilty about the treaties broken by the government in dealing with Indian tribes like the Sioux, I remember there were no tears shed when the Sioux killed their enemies and took their lands.

20 posted on 08/15/2013 9:51:55 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2
This is true.

As General Sherman said “War is all Hell” and will always be.

IIRC, while Jean-Jacques Rousseau,in the eighteen hundreds was labeled with popularize the ideal of the “noble savage”, (*it was an ideal started around that time) in modern times(the Sixties) it took on an hyppie dippy interpretation, eco-friendly “Gaia loving, tree hugger living in perfect harmony with nature and his fellow tribes.

Hollywood glamorized indigenous peoples not just in America but across the globe who lived in Eden like bliss until the Satanic white man introduced his European serpent of hate and greed and ruined them forever more.

21 posted on 08/16/2013 10:28:42 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks Renfield.

22 posted on 08/27/2013 8:22:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Renfield; martin_fierro
I expect one day they'll find a human heart in the jaws of San José's dog turd Quetzalcoatl statue


23 posted on 08/27/2013 8:26:20 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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