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Mexican archeologists make major Aztec find
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/4/06 | Gunther Hamm

Posted on 10/04/2006 8:25:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican archeologists have made the most significant Aztec find in decades, unearthing a 15th century altar and a huge stone slab at a ruined temple in the throbbing heart of Mexico City.

The works were uncovered last weekend at the Aztec empire's main Templo Mayor temple, near the central Zocalo square, which was used for worship and human sacrifice.

It was the most meaningful find since electricity workers stumbled upon an eight-tonne carving of an Aztec goddess at the same site in 1978.

"It is a very important discovery, the biggest we have made in 28 years. It will allow us to find out a lot more," Mexico City's mayor, Alejandro Encinas, said on Wednesday.

The altar has a frieze of the rain god Tlaloc and an agricultural deity.

Archeologists are still unearthing the 11-foot (3.5-m) monolith, which they think might be part of an entrance to an underground chamber.

At the site, excavators with pick axes and shovels hacked at the earth above the monolith while groups of archeologists, government officials and reporters waited around the deep pit.

"The importance of the monolith is what we are going to discover...It's likely that it is part of a chamber, of some offering. We won't know until we get close. First we have to get the stone out," said Alberto Diaz, a member of the archeological team.

The Aztecs, a warlike and deeply religious people who built monumental works, ruled an empire stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean and encompassing much of modern-day central Mexico.

Their often bloody reign began in the 14th century and ended when they were subjugated in 1521 by the Spanish led by Hernan Cortes.

TALE OF THREE CITIES

The Aztecs began building the Templo Mayor pyramid-shaped temple in 1375. Its ruins are now only yards from downtown's choking traffic.

The temple was a center of human sacrifice. At one ceremony in 1487, historians say tens of thousands of victims were sacrificed, their hearts ripped out.

Spanish conquistadors destroyed the temple when they razed the city and used its stones to help build their own capital.

Now the site is surrounded by Spanish colonial buildings like Mexico City's cathedral and the historical National Palace as well as convenience stores and fast-food restaurants.

"Really, when we begin to excavate, we realize that we are in three different times, three different cities: You see the current city, the colonial city and the pre-Hispanic city," said Diaz.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archeologists; aztec; find; godsgravesglyphs; major; mexican; templomayor

The Aztec figure of Cihuateotl, dating from around 1500 A.D., is exhibited as part of 'The Aztec Empire' exhibition at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, March 17, 2005. Mexican archeologists have found what may be the most significant Aztec ruin in decades, with the unearthing of an altar and a monolith in the busy heart of Mexico City, Mayor Alejandro Encinas said on Wednesday. (Vincent West/Reuters)


1 posted on 10/04/2006 8:25:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
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A part of an uncovered altar shows a frieze of an agricultural deity at the Aztec empire's main Templo Mayor temple, near the central Zocalo square in Mexico City October 4, 2006. Mexican archeologists have made the most significant Aztec find in decades, unearthing a 15th century altar and a huge stone slab at a ruined temple in the throbbing heart of Mexico City. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO)


2 posted on 10/04/2006 8:26:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Aztec find


3 posted on 10/04/2006 8:27:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge; SunkenCiv
Mexican archeologists have made the most significant Aztec find in decades, unearthing a 15th century altar and a huge stone slab at a ruined temple in the throbbing heart of Mexico City.

Bad pun in the first sentence

4 posted on 10/04/2006 8:27:36 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
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To: NormsRevenge

One of the figures discovered on the archaeological site of Templo Mayor is seen in Mexico City, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. A giant monolith and a new sanctum were discovered this past weekend at the Templo Mayor after the sixth stage of excavations at the archaeological zone. ( AP Photo/ Claudio Cruz)


5 posted on 10/04/2006 8:28:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: Pyro7480

Bad pun in the first sentence

You beat me to it, LOL! throbbing heart, hahahahahahha...


6 posted on 10/04/2006 8:34:42 PM PDT by flaglady47 ( thinking out loud)
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To: Pyro7480

P.S.: what do you think? Did the author of the article know what he was doing, or was it unintentional? Place your bets.


7 posted on 10/04/2006 8:37:00 PM PDT by flaglady47 ( thinking out loud)
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To: Pyro7480

Man, I spent at least 3 minutes looking around for the damned pun. I need to give up booze!

Ok, well, maybe not!


8 posted on 10/04/2006 8:37:34 PM PDT by true_blue_texican
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To: NormsRevenge

The most meaningful thing that has ever happened in Mexico
was when whitey introduced electricity into the area.
Since gratitude is unbecoming socially in their complex
culture they migrate north to display resentment, break
federal and local laws, vote illegally recieve benefits
and mess up apartments.


9 posted on 10/04/2006 8:38:44 PM PDT by claptrap (optional tag-line under reconsideration)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam
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PING!

10 posted on 10/04/2006 8:41:43 PM PDT by uglybiker (Don't look at me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: claptrap
Those early peoples were so peaceful compared to today when we are so violent, especially the white man who came to conquer their paradise...
11 posted on 10/04/2006 8:43:23 PM PDT by flaglady47 ( thinking out loud)
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To: NormsRevenge
This is interesting. But why are we still worshiping the Aztec, or any other backwards pagan culture of losers for that matter? If they were so damned great they would have kicked Europe's ass, not the other way around. They're useful as an example of what not to do, nothing more.
12 posted on 10/04/2006 8:54:07 PM PDT by Jaysun (Idiot Muslims. They're just dying to have sex orgies.)
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To: Pyro7480

Looks like the headline writer is quite a cardio, and needs to be dealt with.


13 posted on 10/04/2006 9:02:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (If I had a nut allergy, I'd be outta here. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: uglybiker

Thanks!


14 posted on 10/04/2006 9:02:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (If I had a nut allergy, I'd be outta here. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: uglybiker

Thanks. Good find.


15 posted on 10/04/2006 9:27:39 PM PDT by blam
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To: NormsRevenge; blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; ...
Thanks NormsRevenge.

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16 posted on 10/04/2006 9:40:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (If I had a nut allergy, I'd be outta here. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jaysun
By that standard, the barbarians who sacked Rome simply had a better culture.
17 posted on 10/04/2006 10:04:42 PM PDT by Physicist
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By that standard, the barbarians who sacked Rome simply had a better culture.

What is your point?
18 posted on 10/04/2006 10:30:30 PM PDT by Jaysun (Idiot Muslims. They're just dying to have sex orgies.)
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To: Jaysun

I am stuned. Stuned right down to my beeber.


19 posted on 10/04/2006 11:28:06 PM PDT by Triggerhippie (Always use a silencer in a crowd. Loud noises offend people.)
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To: Physicist

> By that standard, the barbarians who sacked Rome simply had a better culture.

We like to think so!


20 posted on 10/05/2006 12:38:51 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: claptrap

Is this the goal of Aztlan fanatics - human sacrifices?


21 posted on 10/05/2006 2:05:06 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Jaysun
The fact that one culture wiped out another does not make the victor better, more valuable, or more worth studying than the vanquished.
22 posted on 10/05/2006 4:32:34 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist
"The fact that one culture wiped out another does not make the victor better, more valuable, or more worth studying than the vanquished."

And remember:
"History is written by the victors."
- Winston Churchill

23 posted on 10/05/2006 4:40:46 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet
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To: NormsRevenge
Infrared analysis photo:


24 posted on 10/05/2006 4:41:40 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: NormsRevenge
Mexican archeologists have made the most significant Aztec find in decades, unearthing a 15th century altar and a huge stone slab at a ruined temple in the throbbing heart of Mexico City.

"Throbbing Heart", "Aztec Altar"? I get it! I get it!

25 posted on 10/05/2006 5:17:35 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Physicist

Rome just got away from the basics. She abandoned the running game, as it were.

The Aztecs were defeated by a combination of alien technology & shrewd alliances. Cortez was able to 'divide & conquer'.


26 posted on 10/05/2006 5:22:34 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Tallguy

Actually, I thought the find was gonna be an ancient tunnel under the border to what is now Texas.....


27 posted on 10/05/2006 5:23:42 AM PDT by Gaffer
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Actually, I thought the find was gonna be an ancient tunnel under the border to what is now Texas.....

...or the tunnel contained Montezuma's long-lost Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction. IIRC, Cortez took a lot of heat from the Inquisition for his failure to find them.

28 posted on 10/05/2006 5:38:21 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: claptrap
Post #9.

Gag.

On an archeology thread?

Do you guys truly never ever give it a rest?

(sigh)

This is all just too demoralizing.


29 posted on 10/05/2006 7:09:43 AM PDT by leilani (Dimmi, dimmi se mai fu fatta cosa alcuna!)
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To: Physicist
The fact that one culture wiped out another does not make the victor better, more valuable, or more worth studying than the vanquished.

Sure it does. I could have a warped view, probably do, but the victor is superior by definition.
30 posted on 10/05/2006 9:10:23 AM PDT by Jaysun (Idiot Muslims. They're just dying to have sex orgies.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Tlaloc! The old gods return!


31 posted on 10/05/2006 9:12:22 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Jaysun

Personally, I just like it because it's really, really, REALLY interesting.


32 posted on 10/05/2006 9:24:06 AM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (No integration without inebriation!)
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To: To Hell With Poverty
Personally, I just like it because it's really, really, REALLY interesting.

That it is.
33 posted on 10/05/2006 9:37:24 AM PDT by Jaysun (Idiot Muslims. They're just dying to have sex orgies.)
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To: Pyro7480

Edgar Allen Poe would be proud.

Very interesting find though.


34 posted on 10/05/2006 11:31:43 AM PDT by Betis70 (Go Sharks!)
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