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  • Decapitated victims discovered at excavation in Mexico

    08/21/2015 5:53:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Spero News ^ | 8/21/15 | Martin Barillas
    Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History announced that archaeologists have found the macabre remains of human sacrifice left behind by Mexico's Aztec ancestors.Known as a tzompantli, the archaeologists found a structure that consists of a rack of the skulls of human sacrificial victims that was once part of a temple complex in Tenochtitlan - the capital of the Aztecs that is now Mexico City.he tzompantli was found on Calle Guatemala, a street that runs at the eastern end of the Metropolitan Cathedral in the modern city's central square. According to El Universal - a Mexican daily - researchers found...
  • Massive Human Skull Rack Found at Aztec Temple

    08/21/2015 3:14:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    Discovery ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Found on the western side of what was once the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan, in modern Mexico City, the partially unearthed skull rack was likely built between 1485 and 1502 and may have been about 112 feet (34 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Mostly belonging to young adult men, but also to women and children, several of the unearthed skulls feature holes on both sides, suggesting they belonged to a tzompantli. This was a rack on which the skulls of sacrificed people were arranged on wooden poles and displayed... To make the scene even more horrifying,...
  • 1014 AD impact event causes Atlantic tsunami and end of Aztec’s Fourth Sun?

    01/11/2012 12:29:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    2012Quest ^ | January 12th, 2011 | Gary C. Daniels
    The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states that in England 1014 AD, on the eve of St. Michael’s day (September 28, 1014) “came the great sea-flood, which spread wide over this land, and ran so far up as it never did before, overwhelming many towns, and an innumerable multitude of people.” This is clearly a reference to a tsunami similar to the one that struck Indonesia in December 2004 which killed over 250,000 people. What could have caused this tsunami? Could a meteor or comet impact in the Atlantic Ocean have been the cause? Researcher Dallas Abbott of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory...
  • Murrieta Counter-Protest: Pro-Amnesty 'Aztecs' Shout 'White Supremacists Out!'

    07/06/2014 4:41:53 PM PDT · by equalator · 52 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 7-4-2014 | Michelle Moons
    Pro-amnesty activists beat drums and danced in full Aztec regalia, chanting, "White supremacists out, white supremacists out!" at a counter-demonstration at the Murrieta Border Patrol station Friday. Anti-illegal immigration protestors shouted "stop illegal immigration" right next to the dancing demonstrators one the north end of the roadblocks. At the south end, the crowd was largely made up of the anti-illegal immigration protestors, who assembled peacefully.
  • Severed head offering found in Aztec temple

    08/15/2013 6:37:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 7-28-2013
    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 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...
  • Climate, Not Spaniards, Brought Diseases That Killed Aztecs

    08/01/2013 1:22:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 48 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | 8-1-2013 | Linda Marsa
    The wild swings in weather that are expected to become commonplace as the planet gets warmer—more frequent and severe droughts, followed by drenching rains—change ecosystems in a way that awaken and expedite the transmission of once dormant diseases. Intriguingly, this type of weather pattern may be what led to the fall of the once mighty Aztec Empire in the early 16th century–and not as is commonly held, by the invasion of European colonialists, who brought with them diseases like mumps, measles and smallpox for which the native populations lacked immunity. Curious timing When Hernando Cortes and his army conquered Mexico...
  • Pacific island claims to be the roots of Mexico [ Mexcaltitan was Atzlan? ]

    09/02/2008 9:51:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 262+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 30, 2008 | Jeremy Schwartz
    For local officials and some historians, Mexcaltitan is nothing less than the mythical Aztlan, birthplace of the ancient Aztecs. According to legend, the Aztecs left an island in 1091 and wandered for two centuries before settling in what is now Mexico City. There, they founded the legendary city of Tenochtitlan, an island city of canals and floating gardens, and lorded over an empire that stretched from Guatemala to northern Mexico before the Spanish conquered them in 1521... In Mexcaltitan, located in the Pacific state of Nayarit, clues that this was once Aztlan are tantalizing. In Nahuatl, the language of the...
  • The DNA of Aztec conquest: Genetic evidence tracks missing inhabitants of Mexican city

    11/03/2012 11:36:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Nature ^ | Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | Brian Switek
    Mata-Míguez and his colleagues sampled mitochondrial DNA from 25 bodies recovered from patios outside excavated Xaltocan houses. The remains dated from between 1240 and 1521, and so acted as markers of the population before and after the occupation. It turned out that the DNA in the pre-conquest samples did not match those of the post-conquest ones, indicating that a new biological influence came with cultural overthrow. The team concedes that its sample is small and may not be entirely representative of the historical conquest. "We originally thought the question was simply a matter of whether the population was replaced or...
  • Mexican sacrifice victims came from afar

    04/12/2007 2:23:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 27 replies · 648+ views
    UKTV ^ | April 12, 2007
    Archaeologists have discovered new evidence to suggest ancient Mexicans brought human sacrifice victims from locations hundreds of miles away. New evidence has been found to suggest ancient Mexicans could have brought people hundreds of miles for use as human sacrifices. Archaeologists examined the DNA of the skeletons of 50 sacrificial victims found at the Pyramid of the Moon at the Teotihuacan ruins in Mexico, finding that they may have originated from Mayan, Pacific or Atlantic areas hundreds of miles away. Experts believe that the bodies could have been decapitated between 50 and 500 AD, while the pyramid was being built....
  • Ancient Mexican City Raises Questions About Mesoamerica's Mother Culture

    10/14/2007 9:20:42 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 661+ views
    My San Antonio ^ | Tracy L. Barnett
    Ancient Mexican city raises questions about Mesoamerica's Mother Culture Web Posted: 10/11/2007 05:17 PM CDT Tracy L. Barnett Express-News Travel Editor TAMUIN, Mexico — Deep in the Huastec jungle the enormous carved stone monolith stands, suspended over the pool of water where a team of archaeologists discovered it. A powerful woman stands at the center of the carving, flanked by two smaller decapitated women. A stream of liquid flows from the headless women toward the woman in the center. Altug S. Icilensu/Special to the Express-NewsThe leader salutes the musicians before beginning the Malinche, a traditional Huastec dance. The women on...
  • Who Really Discovered America?

    07/14/2002 2:08:47 PM PDT · by blam · 182 replies · 18,652+ views
    Who Really Discovered America? Did ancient Hebrews reach the shores of the North and South American continents thousands of years before Christopher Columbus? What evidence is there for Hebrew and Israelite occupation of the Western Hemisphere even a thousand years before Christ? Was trans-Atlantic commerce and travel fairly routine in the days of king Solomon of Israel? Read here the intriguing, fascinating saga of the TRUE DISCOVERERS OF AMERICA! William F. Dankenbring A stone in a dry creek bed in New Mexico, discovered by early settlers in the region, is one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in the Western...
  • Archaeologists find the largest amount of skulls at the most sacred temple of the Aztec empire

    10/06/2012 5:37:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 36 replies ^ | 10-7-2012 | Adriana Perez Licon
    MEXICO CITY (AP).- Mexican archaeologists said Friday they uncovered the largest number of skulls ever found in one offering at the most sacred temple of the Aztec empire dating back more than 500 years. The finding reveals new ways the pre-Colombian civilization used skulls in rituals at Mexico City's Templo Mayor, experts said. That's where the most important Aztec ceremonies took place between 1325 until the Spanish conquest in 1521. The 50 skulls were found at one sacrificial stone. Five were buried under the stone, and each had holes on both sides — signaling they were hung on a skull...
  • Pictures: Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple

    08/31/2012 6:18:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    National Geographic ^ | August 2012 | A.R. Williams
    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...
  • Aztec carvings tell story of cosmic battle

    02/20/2012 6:32:14 AM PST · by Renfield · 31 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 2-9-2012
    A total of 23 pre-Columbian stone plaques dating back over 550 years were discovered by archaeologists in front of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan in Mexico City, with carvings illustrating Aztec myths including the birth of the god of war Huitzilopochtli. The sculpted images are carved on slabs of tezontle (a volcanic rock) and feature depictions of serpents, captives and warriors. They also feature other figures relating to the mythological origins of Aztec civilization. The stone carvings focus on the myths of Huitzilopochtli’s birth and the beginning of the Holy War. Raul Barrera from the National Institute of Anthropology and...
  • Blue-green algae tested for treating ALS (spirulina)

    12/21/2010 9:00:47 AM PST · by decimon · 7 replies
    University of South Florida (USF Health) ^ | December 21, 2010 | Unknown
    Ancient food source may offer neuroprotectionNutritional supplementation with Spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, appeared to provide neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, University of South Florida neuroscientists have found. Although more research is needed, they suggest that a spirulina-supplemented diet may provide clinical benefits for ALS patients. A spirulina dietary supplement was shown to delay the onset of motor symptoms and disease progression, reducing inflammatory markers and motor neuron death in a G93A mouse model of ALS. Spirulina, an ancient food source used by the...
  • Fighting with Jaguars, Bleeding for Rain: Has a 3K-year-old ritual survived in the central Mexico?

    10/12/2008 6:53:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 466+ views
    Archaeology, v61 n6 ^ | November/December 2008 | Zach Zorich
    In early May I went to the Guerrero highlands to see the celebrations that take place during the Catholic Holy week, which coincides with the beginning of the spring planting season. The people in several mountain towns practice a type of Catholicism that incorporates religious beliefs and rituals that pre-date the arrival of Europeans. The most spectacular of these rituals are the Tigré fights. Men in the village of Acatlan dress in jaguar costumes and box each other as a kind of sacrifice to the rain god, Tlaloc. (The goggle-like eyes on their headgear match ancient depictions of both Tlaloc...
  • Global economic collapse and one-world government by 2012, says evangelist

    10/06/2008 12:11:40 PM PDT · by TaraP · 138 replies · 4,577+ views ^ | March 13th, 2008
    Revealed for the first time: The truth about Angels from Heaven … Armageddon … Israel’s Role in Prophecy … The Y2012 Crisis … The Rapture … The Mark of the Beast THE world as we know is vanishing and will disappear in an earth-shaking series of Year 2012 events that are clearly laid out in prophecies appearing in the Holy Bible for everyone to see. And contrary to what many clergymen have told their flocks, that God frowns on fortune-telling and has hidden the future from us, an increasing number of religious experts - from Pope Benedict XVI and the...
  • The Heart Rippers Killed Children for the Rain God

    10/10/2007 4:58:20 AM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies · 384+ views
    Softipedia News ^ | Stefan Anitei
    Aztecs, Mayas and their preceding civilizations in Central America are famous for their appetite for blood. The cruel and megalomaniac sacrifice rites produce stupor amongst modern people and these people knew very well how to use it against their enemies. Would you have opposed them when you were risking to be sacrificed by ripping off your heart from your chest while still alive? A new discovery adds another gruesome aspect to the picture. Archaeologists have found the remains of 24 children who must have been sacrificed in the honor of the rain god a millennium ago. "The bones of the...
  • Snake-Bird Gods Fascinated Both Aztecs And Pharaohs

    09/25/2007 12:19:09 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 324+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-24-2007 | Robin Emmott
    Snake-bird gods fascinated both Aztecs and pharaohs Mon 24 Sep 2007, 17:05 GMT By Robin Emmott MONTERREY, Mexico, Sept 24 (Reuters Life!) - Ancient Mexicans and Egyptians who never met and lived centuries and thousands of miles apart both worshiped feathered-serpent deities, built pyramids and developed a 365-day calendar, a new exhibition shows. Billed as the world's largest temporary archeological showcase, Mexican archeologists have brought treasures from ancient Egypt to display alongside the great indigenous civilizations of Mexico for the first time. The exhibition, which boasts a five-tonne, 3,000-year-old sculpture of Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II and stone carvings from Mexican...
  • Experts Say Tomb May Be Under Monolith (Aztec)

    11/16/2006 4:24:08 PM PST · by decimon · 15 replies · 889+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2006 | Unknown
    MEXICO CITY - Mexican archaeologists said on Thursday there are indications that the tomb of an Aztec emperor could lie beneath a recently-uncovered carved stone monolith showing a fearsome, blood-drinking god. Researchers hope to begin removing the stone to explore a pit that lies beneath. A date carved on the stone and its unusual placement suggest it contains the remains of emperor Ahuizotl, the father of Moctezuma, the Aztec ruler defeated by the Spaniards. Archaeologist Eduardo Matos said it would be the first burial ever found of a leader of the 1427-1521 Aztec empire.
  • Europeans may not have been deadly as thought to Aztecs

    10/15/2006 7:13:00 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 35 replies · 1,663+ views
    MEXICO CITY — Here's what history tells us about the Spanish conquest of this country: Armed with modern weapons and old world diseases, several hundred Spanish soldiers toppled the Aztec empire in 1521. And by the end of the century, the invaders' guns, steel and germs had wiped out 90 percent of the natives. It's a key piece of the "Black Legend," the tales of atrocities committed by the Spanish Inquisition and colonizers of the New World. But it may be just that — legend, according to Rodolfo Acuña-Soto, a Harvard-trained epidemiologist. He argues that an unknown indigenous hemorrhagic fever...
  • Whitewashing (Aztec) Terrorism

    08/24/2006 6:50:58 AM PDT · by forty_years · 9 replies · 1,087+ views ^ | 8/24/2006 | Andrew Jaffee
    I don't know how many of you are fans of archeology, let alone that of Meso-America, but there are certainly those of you interested in the politically-correct whitewashing of terrorism. How are the two subjects related? Let me explain. The whitewashing of current-day terrorism is advocated by the same ilk, those who would rewrite the modern-day cause of terrorist atrocities, as well as those who would rewrite, for example, the pre-Columbian history of Mexico. I recently watched a History Channel "documentary" which either 1) rationalized the Aztec tribe's insatiable appetite for human sacrifice on the grounds that they were "deeply...
  • Boiled bones show Aztecs butchered, ate invaders

    08/23/2006 3:46:48 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 109 replies · 2,220+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | August 23, 2006 | Catherine Bremer
    CALPULALPAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Skeletons found at an unearthed site in Mexico show Aztecs captured, ritually sacrificed and partially ate several hundred people traveling with invading Spanish forces in 1520. Skulls and bones from the Tecuaque archaeological site near Mexico City show about 550 victims had their hearts ripped out by Aztec priests in ritual offerings, and were dismembered or had their bones boiled or scraped clean, experts say. The findings support accounts of Aztecs capturing and killing a caravan of Spanish conquistadors and local men, women and children traveling with them in revenge for the murder of Cacamatzin, king...
  • TURKEY ROUNDUP - Moonbats Had A Busy Day

    11/25/2005 11:22:49 AM PST · by chuckpez · 4 replies · 536+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 25rd, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    There's something about Thanksgiving that truly brings out the hate in America's most miserable extremists. Some of the most notorious fresh examples: From Bill Schechner at San Francisco's KPIX: Arab-Owned Liquor Stores Attacked In Oakland OAKLAND Security tapes from the San Pablo Liquor Market on 23rd and San Pablo Ave. in Oakland show 11 men dressed in the manner of members of the Nation of Islam walking into the market at about 11:30 Wednesday night. After confronting the clerk behind the counter they push him aside, topple some groceries, open the wine, soda and alcohol coolers and throw the goods...
  • Cosmic rays may reveal pre-Aztec tomb secrets

    02/21/2005 6:26:33 PM PST · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 757+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2/21/05 | Nic Fleming
    Scientists are using cosmic ray detectors to uncover the secrets of the earliest large metropolis of the Americas. Archaeologists and nuclear physicists are working together to measure the passage of muons, subatomic particles from deep space, through the 2,000-year-old Pyramid of the Sun to discover whether it was a mausoleum or a ceremonial monument. They believe the experiment will lead them to burial chambers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference was told. Many experts believe that the pyramid, the third largest in the world, holds the mysteries of the pre-Aztec Teotihuacan civilisation. Arturo Menchaca-Rocha, the director of...
  • Evidence May Back Human Sacrifice Claims

    01/23/2005 2:26:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 90 replies · 11,210+ views
    My Way News ^ | 1/22/05 | MARK STEVENSON/AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - It has long been a matter of contention: Was the Aztec and Mayan practice of human sacrifice as widespread and horrifying as the history books say? Or did the Spanish conquerors overstate it to make the Indians look primitive? In recent years archaeologists have been uncovering mounting physical evidence that corroborates the Spanish accounts in substance, if not number. Using high-tech forensic tools, archaeologists are proving that pre-Hispanic sacrifices often involved children and a broad array of intentionally brutal killing methods. For decades, many researchers believed Spanish accounts from the 16th and 17th centuries were biased...
  • My Letter to the Editor Regarding the San Diego State Aztec Mascot

    12/11/2003 12:03:27 PM PST · by breakem · 51 replies · 522+ views
    self | 12-1103 | breakem
    My letter in response to student demonstrations at Cal State San Diego regarding the school Aztec mascot. Dear Editor, I agree with the protestors that the CSU San Diego mascot is not historically accurate. It doesn't protray the slaveholding, cannibalism, human sacrificing and susperstition that lead them to surrender their empire to a handful of Spanish soldiers.
  • Despite $38 billion deficit, California is considering $500,000 to honor pagan god

    06/22/2003 6:46:45 AM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 86 replies · 624+ views
    Abiding Truth Ministries ^ | June 20, 2003 | Scott Lively
    Budget “Pink Pork” for Religious AIDS Memorial Draws Lawsuit Threat from the 'Funding of "Gay" Agenda' Source: Pro-Family Law Center Description: Despite its $38 billion deficit, the State of California is considering co-funding a $500,000 “gay” AIDS memorial, a representation of the pagan god Quetzalcoatal FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2003 The Pro-Family Law Center Budget “Pink Pork” for Religious AIDS Memorial Draws Lawsuit Threat Despite its $38 billion deficit, the State of California is considering co-funding a $500,000 “gay” AIDS memorial, a representation of the pagan god Quetzalcoatal. The high-priced religious monument, know officially as “The Wall...
  • Mexico City dig reveals diversity of pre-Columbian people

    01/30/2003 7:05:47 AM PST · by vannrox · 6 replies · 1,577+ views
    Northern Light ^ | 01/29/2003 15:58 | Agencia EFE
    Home   Mexico City dig reveals diversity of pre-Columbian people     Mexico City, Jan 29, 2003 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Recent archaeological excavations in Greater Mexico City suggest the Aztecs, far from being a homogeneous people, were an aggregate of diverse groups who conquered their enemies without wiping out their languages and traditions.    Source:  Agencia EFE Date:  01/29/2003 15:58 Price:  Free Document Size:  Very Short (less than 1 page) Document ID:  FE20030129590000063 Subject(s):  Efe; Expansion; Explosion; Mexico; Population; Regulations; Utilities; Water; Yield Mexico City dig reveals diversity of pre-Columbian people Story Filed: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 3:58 PM EST Mexico...