Archeologists might have just unearthed one of the most precious cultural landmarks of the past, namely Huey Tzompantli. This is a 200 feet long tower made of skulls that crowned Templo Mayor, a temple built for the god of the sun, war, and human sacrifice in the Aztec culture. The existence of such a ghoulish construction was just a local legend. However, now that scientists surfaced such a historical vestige, they have new questions regarding Aztec practices.
The Edifice of Aztec Culture Was Supposed to Be a Display of Power
A team of researchers at the National Institute of Anthropology and History started an ambitious project two years ago. They wanted to unearth ancient pieces from the Aztec era, so they dug near the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. Their discovery of the tower of skulls marks probably the most important one of its kind.
The creation of Huey Tzompantli was believed to be a display of power. Other cultures such as Toltec and Maya employed similar techniques. Their captured enemies became adornments for their racks. However, this discovery brought a peculiar aspect into light. Out of these thousands of skulls, there are many who pertained to women and children. This detail goes against the belief that Aztec people sacrificed only young male soldiers who battled them.
So far, archeologists uncovered around 650 skulls. However, they still have to dig further to uncover the entire base of the edifice. Therefore, they expect to come into contact with additional skulls and secrets.
Aztec Architecture Started Coming Back to Light on Its Own
The conquistadors were mainly at fault for the extinction of the Aztec society. Not only did they slaughter these populations with guns, but they also destroyed their architecture. The latter was not done just as a symbolic gesture, but it carried a practical significance as well.
Spaniards used the pre-Hispanic foundations to build their own cathedrals and churches. However, after so many centuries of silence, the lost cities started to come to light again due to earthquakes or new construction efforts.
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