“Tower of skulls” found under Mexico City

Archaeologists in Mexico have unearthed what’s being described as a “tower of skulls” in the heart of modern Mexico City.  Mexico City was built by the Spanish colonisers on the site of the former Aztec Capital “Tenochtitlan” following the dramatic Conquest of 1521.

The current archaeological site is located adjacent to the city’s towering Catholic Cathedral, which was built where the Aztecs’ major city temple once stood.

The archaeological team has discovered over 650 skulls of varying genders and ages, raising new questions about the nature of Aztec sacrifice. Many historians previously believed that these skull racks were made exclusively from the heads of captured male warriors, yet the discovery of female and child skulls has challenged that belief.

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