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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The 'unprecedented' Aztec burial site that could be evidence of a mass human sacrifice

Mexican archaeologists have found an unprecedented human burial in which the skeleton of a young woman is surrounded by piles of 1,789 human bones.

Researchers found the burial about five meters (15 feet) below the surface in Mexico City's Templo Mayor.

It was discovered next to the remains of what may have been a "sacred tree" at one edge of the plaza, the most sacred site of the Aztec capital.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History said the find was the first of its kind, noting the Aztecs were not known to use mass sacrifice or the reburial of bones as the customary ways to accompany the interment of a member of the ruling class.

University of Florida archaeologist Susan Gillespie, who was not involved in the project, called the find 'unprecedented for the Aztec culture.' Read More