Massive Aztec human skull rack found: Aztec Human Skull Rack Found
Published: August 21, 2015
Massive Aztec human skull rack found: Aztec Human Skull Rack Found, Archaeologists have found a massive ceremonial skull rack from the heyday of the Aztec empire in the heart of Mexico City.
Scientists believe it will shed new light on how the Aztecs kept control of their empire using human sacrifice as a show of strength and symbolism.
The skull rack, known as a Tzompantli, was used to display the bleached white craniums of sacrificed warriors from rival kingdoms.
Wooden poles were pushed through the sides of the skull.
The killings are likely to have been performed by priests at the towering temples that once stood in the city.
“We believe this is the main Tzompantli, we are still looking for the other ones,” said archaeologist Raul Barrera from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Scientists say the find is significant
“But it is very likely that this one is the main Tzompantli of Tenochtitlan (the Aztec capital located in what is now Mexico City).”
The find was made under a colonial-style house at Templo Mayor, one of the main temple ruins in the city.
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