A group of archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) of Mexico found in the last hours more than 100 human skulls in an ancient indigenous construction located in the Federal District of that country.
“Archaeologists locate the east side and the external façade of the Huei Tzompantli tower of skulls in Tenochtitlan,” the INAH announced on Friday afternoon, minutes after the discovery.
In 2015, members of the Urban Archeology Program (PAU) of INAH found the remains of the extreme northeast of the Huei Tzompantli (“ skull wall ” in Nahuatl language) of the mythical city of Tenochtitlan, since then excavations began.
“In the eastern section of the tower, 119 human skulls have been superficially visualized, in addition to the 484 previously identified , ” the INAH reported.
As it was known, the skulls that are part of this structure, erected as an altar for the god Huitzilopochtli (Aztec deity of the Sun and war conflicts) date from the years 1486 to 1502.
The experts indicated that this building was a sample “of the power, dominion and warlike principles of the Mexica civilization”, therefore “it is probable that many of the individuals captured in combat have been sacrificed to obtain the favor of the gods.”
According to Mexica mythology, the Huei Tzompantli was built by the god Huitzilopochtli himself on the mythical Coatepec hill , which the Mexica civilization later erected in his honor in the Tenochtitlan valley.
After the fall of the Mexica empire, the structure was reduced, however numerous accounts of Spanish expeditionaries from the time of the conquest portrayed how it was ” made of heads glued with lime and teeth facing out.”