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Although many centuries have passed since an event occurred, a construction was erected or ceremonial burials were made, there are many civilizations that today still have a lot to say and archaeologists are the link between them and us. There is no doubt that his excellent work is a very important reference to know many of the things that are part of our past, to know our roots and to know how they lived and why many of those civilizations disappeared.
One of the latest works in this field comes to us from Mexico, where a group of archaeologists has discovered a large ceremonial rack specially designed for skulls, something that dates back to the golden age of the Aztec Empire and that was in the heart of Mexico City.
Thanks to this recent find, light can be glimpsed on a related mystery about how the rulers projected their power through human sacrifice that were carried out under his mandate and with what they contained and subdued the people.
This shelf or display was known in the Nahuatl language as “tzompantli”And in those days it was used to show off the bleached skulls of some of the fiercest warriors from rival kingdoms, which were sacrificed, surely by priests under the orders of the rulers, and they did so from the top of the temples that may have existed in the area where this find was made.
This shelf was found after the capital's cathedral from the colonial era and despite its discovery, it is still partially enclosed, although it is known that It has a height of about 34 meters and 12 meters wide. According to the first studies, they say that it could have been built between 1482 and 1502.
The national director of Archeology of Mexico, Raúl Barrera, declared at the press conference that: "The tzompantli had strong symbolism and was a sign of the great power of the sovereigns towards the people and also towards the rival peoples."
"It is to be hoped that through the different studies that will be carried out on this discovery, we can detect that many of the skulls are enemies that were captured and sacrificed, who were beheaded so that their skull would end up on this shelf directly , but only that of the most powerful warriors ”, he declared.
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