Pile of ancient skulls found: Mexico skulls estimated to be 1,100 years old

By on Jan 27, 2013 in Archaelogy, Science, South America, Weird, World Comments
pile of ancient skulls found in Mexico

Artifact depicting Tlaloc
Credit: Christopher Morehart

A pile of ancient skulls were found by archaeologists in Mexico, according to a Live Science report on Friday, January 25, 2013. The Mexico skulls were reportedly dated back from 600 to 850 A.D. Through the use of carbon dating, researchers estimated these skulls to be 1,100 years old.

The Mexico skulls, unearthed in a supposed empty field that previously contains a vast lake, may be helpful in the determination of the ancient culture in the area according to the researchers.

A report on the ancient skulls discovery can be read in the January 2013 issue of the Latin American Antiquity journal.

Archaeologists from the Georgia State University led by Christopher Morehart conducted a research that led to the discovery of the pile of ancient skulls. The Morehart team reportedly used “satellite imagery to map ancient canals, irrigation channels and lakes that used to surround the kingdom of Teotihuacan (home to the Pyramid of the Sun), about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Mexico City.”

Morehart described the discovery as “absolutely remarkable to think about this little nothing on the landscape having potentially evidence of the largest mass human sacrifice in ancient Meso-America.”

The team of archaeologists reportedly found over 150 human skulls with just one or two vertebra attached. The researchers also unearthed “a shrine with incense burners, water-deity figurines and agricultural pottery, such as corncob depictions, suggesting a ritual purpose tied to local farming.”

As of posting, no image were released by the researchers “because the sacrifice victims may have historic ties to modern-day indigenous cultures.”

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