Tower of Human Skulls Found In Mexico
By: Muzeion Staff
In what might be one of the weirdest discoveries in recent history, archeologists have found a tower of over 670 human skulls near the Templo Mayor in Mexico City.
The findings have raised questions on what is known about the Aztec empire and its ritualistic sacrifices. Among the skulls found there were some that belonged to children and women, according to the studies made to them. Previous to this unearthing, tower skulls were believed to be made out of the remains of fallen soldiers but with this new information the theory has been challenged.
“We were expecting just men, obviously young men, as warriors would be, and the thing about the women and children is that you’d think they wouldn’t be going to war,” one of the archaeologists, Rodrigo Bolanos from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico
Archaeologists knew of the existence of such edifices since they were noted in the records left by the Spanish conquerors. These scribes refer to the skull towers as Huey Tzompantli and with this excavation archeologists have had the first opportunity to actually see them.
Mesoamerican cultures used to pile up severed heads as a way to celebrate victories, but INAH experts were not expecting to find women and children. Until recently, it was believed that only captured enemy warriors were offered as sacrifice to Huitzilopotchli, the Aztec god of the Sun, war and human sacrifice. One possible explanation to the findings is that these women and children were slaves, yet answers are still being searched for.
The excavation was started on 2015 and up to this day 675 skulls have been unearthed. Archeologists are still working to get to the 20 ft in diameter edifice’s base in which many more severed heads lay.