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Tomb with three bodies found in abandoned city of Teotihuacan
The Mexico News ^ | 9/30/2002 | Monica Medel

Posted on 09/30/2002 1:15:32 PM PDT by vannrox

Archeologists found several offerings of "exceptional quality" in the mortuary chamber.


Tomb with three bodies found in abandoned city of Teotihuacan



Monica Medel, EFE - 9/30/2002

A tomb containing the remains of three bodies has been discovered in the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan, the well-known ruins outside Mexico City.

The find is one of the most important in recent years and will provide valuable information on the lives led by the people of Teotihuacan, who disappeared in the mists of history after the city was abandoned in the year 600.



The remains were found by a multidisciplinary team headed by Japanese archaeologist Saburo Sugiyama and his Mexican colleague Ruben Cabrera.

The tomb is in a shaft that lies at the bottom of a cramped, dimly lit, foul-smelling tunnel that one reaches by climbing more than halfway up the pyramid.

Archeologists found several "offerings and ornaments of exceptional quality" in the mortuary chamber, Sugiyama told EFE.



The items include remains of fibers and clothing, finely polished green stone beads, anthropomorphic figures carved from obsidian, knives, arrowheads and razors.

Unlike other human remains found in the past, the three bodies found in the newly discovered tomb were not reclining on the floor, nor were their hands bound.

The three bodies were perched with their legs crossed on seats made of wood or fabric, indicating that that they had received "different treatment than the sacrificial victims found further down" and were powerful people, Sugiyama said.



Members of the team were cautious in evaluating the significance of their discovery.

"We have no real notion of the significance of the find, but it is very important. It adds to the information we have on the function of the sacred buildings of the complex, and on their relationship to the Teotihuacan form of government and religion," Cabrera told EFE.

But Sugiyama said that the find would help clarify why the Teotihuacan left no evidence of their history, in contrast with other Central American pyramid-builders such as the Maya, Aztecs or Zapotecs.



The Teotihuacan people did not leave written records and the reliefs appear ornamental and devoid of religious significance, although the ruins point to the existence of a powerful military class.

The name Teotihuacan, meaning "the place of the gods" in the indigenous language of the region, was bestowed on the site by the Mexica Indians after the city was abandoned.

Erected between 100 and 500, the city reached its zenith circa 450, when it was home to a multi-ethnic population of some 250,000.

The ceremonial center is the only surviving part of the city, while the rest lies buried under factories and residential neighborhoods on the outskirts of Mexico City.

The current project marks the first time archaeologists have excavated the inside of the Pyramid of the Moon in an attempt to understand the city's history and the reasons for the extinction of the Teotihuacan culture.

© Copyright 2002 EFE


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancient; archaeology; archeologist; discovery; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; inca; maya; mexico; mortuary; old; past; teotihuacan; tomb; tunnel; unknown
WOW.
1 posted on 09/30/2002 1:15:33 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox
A tomb containing the remains of three bodies has been discovered in the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan, the well-known ruins outside Mexico City.

One of them has gotta be Jimmy Hoffa, but who are the other two?

2 posted on 09/30/2002 1:16:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Carnahan and Mink.
3 posted on 09/30/2002 1:20:45 PM PDT by 07055
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To: vannrox
Janet Reno, Andrew Cuomo, and Torricelli?
4 posted on 09/30/2002 1:21:23 PM PDT by TBP
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Jimmy Hoffa, Judge Crater, Amelia Erhardt (sp?).

I climbed that pyramid a few years ago. (Probably after the bodies were buried there.)
5 posted on 09/30/2002 1:23:15 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic
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To: Doctor Stochastic
It's an awesome place to visit. If only the vendors weren't there.
6 posted on 09/30/2002 1:28:13 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier
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To: The Old Hoosier
I remember climbing the large pyramid as a kid about 30 years ago. Going up was easy - coming down scared the @^#% out of me.
7 posted on 09/30/2002 1:34:41 PM PDT by mgstarr
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To: vannrox
An exciting find!! Like Pacal at Palenque, perhaps. These pictures were all taken from the Pyramid of the Moon looking toward the Pyramid of the Sun, except for the last one that shows both, the smaller one on the left being the P. of the Moon. Would have been nice to have one good shot of the P. of the Moon. If anyone has any good pictures, please post.
8 posted on 09/30/2002 1:45:47 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: vannrox
An exciting find!! Like Pacal at Palenque, perhaps. These pictures were all taken from the Pyramid of the Moon looking toward the Pyramid of the Sun, except for the last one that shows both, the smaller one on the left being the P. of the Moon. Would have been nice to have one good shot of the P. of the Moon. If anyone has any good pictures, please post.
9 posted on 09/30/2002 1:45:48 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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OK, which three names on the Clinton Arkanicide list do they match?
10 posted on 09/30/2002 1:46:36 PM PDT by Poohbah
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11 posted on 09/30/2002 1:46:55 PM PDT by Mo1
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since they found bodies...does that mean it's NOT a power plant like the great pyramid in egypt?

Before you scoff at the great pyramid being a power plant...Thats what a lot of freepers think. for some reason.
12 posted on 09/30/2002 1:49:12 PM PDT by KneelBeforeZod
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To: 3AngelaD

An excellent source of pictures of all things ancient is HERE.


13 posted on 09/30/2002 1:49:24 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox
Bump
14 posted on 09/30/2002 1:52:16 PM PDT by Publius6961
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To: KneelBeforeZod; The Wizard
Good question. Perhaps the bodies were just thrown into the pyramid to throw us off the scent.
15 posted on 09/30/2002 1:53:38 PM PDT by Rodney King
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To: The Old Hoosier
A wonderful place indeed, and agree that the vendors sort of change the atmosphere. The guy I remember most was not really a vendor but a guy who had a donkey who he trained to open a bottle of beer with his teeth and then guzzle it down and spit out the bottle when he was done. All for one dollar. Senator Ted Kennedy is the only other one I have seen who could do this.
16 posted on 09/30/2002 2:02:56 PM PDT by speedy
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Ping...
17 posted on 09/30/2002 2:19:47 PM PDT by cibco
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LOL
18 posted on 09/30/2002 2:57:24 PM PDT by Notforprophet
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Thanks for the ping.
19 posted on 09/30/2002 3:18:21 PM PDT by blam
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20 posted on 08/11/2005 11:00:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.)
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