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Discovery of hundreds of human sacrifice skulls uncovers secrets of ancient Aztec city
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hundreds of skulls discovered buried beneath the streets of Mexico City are revealing chilling details about Aztec human sacrifices. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors wrote of an enormous rack of skulls – called the tzompantli – in the ancient city of Tenochtitlan. Before conquistadors destroyed the site in 1521, sacrificial humans were regularly taken to the city’s Templo Mayor (Great Temple), where priests sliced into their chests and removed the still-beating heart. read more


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