Aztec war sacrifices found in Mexico may point to elusive royal tomb
A layer of aquatic offerings placed on top of the west-facing #jaguar
have also been identified, including a large amount of #shells,
bright red #starfish
that likely represented the watery #underworld
believed the sun traveled through at night before emerging in the east to begin a new day.
A roseate #spoonbill,
a pink bird from the #flamingo
family, has also been found in the offering. It was associated with warriors and rulers, and thought to represent their spirits in their descent into the underworld.
“There’s an enormous amount of coral that’s blocking what we can see below,” said archeologist Miguel Baez, part of the team excavating the offerings at the base of the temple, known today as the #TemploMayor,
located just off #MexicoCity’s
bustling Zocalo plaza.
The Templo Mayor would have been as high as a 15-story #pyramid
before it was razed along with the rest of the #Aztec
after the 1521 #Spanish
conquest of #Mexico.
Expanded by each Aztec king, the shrine was believed to be at the center of the universe and was crowned with two smaller temples, one on the north side dedicated to the rain god #Tlaloc
and one on the south to #Huitzilopochtil.
The latest offerings all align with the southern temple.
#archaeology #arqueologia #mesoamerica #mexica