(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists at the National Institute of Anthropology and History have unearthed the ritual burial of four Aztec children aged 6 to 8 in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, according to the Associated Press news agency.
Scholars suggest that the children were buried after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec capital in 1521, between 1521 and 1620.
Then the Spaniards banned most of the religious rites of the indigenous population of South America, but the researchers found evidence that children were buried with characteristic Aztec tombstones and ritual objects.
So, the youngest child was buried inside the pot. It was believed that its convex shape mimics the uterus. The eldest girl was buried with a large clay figurine depicting a female figure with a child in her arms.
Based on the condition of the girl’s skull, researchers determined that she may have suffered from anemia, malnutrition, or infection, showing that life was difficult for the indigenous population in the post-conquest years.
Archaeologists have also unearthed an offering nearby, which included the bones of a bird in a ceramic pot with a blue color associated with water.
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