(ORDO NEWS) — A huge number of ancient artifacts that belonged to the Aztecs are hidden in the territory of Mexico. This civilization is considered one of the most developed up to the present day.
It is in Mexico that the city of Teotihuacan is located – this is an archaeological complex of a huge size, built near Mexico City. Some time ago, experts conducted an independent study of a fairly large tomb. In it, they managed to discover an incredibly rich treasury left by the Aztecs.
The Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun contain many very valuable artifacts, with the help of which you can learn a lot about how representatives of ancient civilization lived.
The Temple of Quetzalcoatl can still be called by many experts the Pyramid of the feathered serpent of Kukulkan. The most incredible finds were made by archaeologists in it. In 2003, excavations began inside the temple. A very extensive and complex system of tunnels was then discovered.
Archaeologists continued to search for new tunnels, and Sergio Gomez was able to find a strange hole made right in the soil. Together with the team, he removed more than 1000 tons of soil, which was used to hide the hole from prying eyes.
Among a huge number of various finds, experts managed to find an old sword, human remains, a couple of pots, which no one even touched for almost two millennia. Most of all, the researchers were surprised by the number of artifacts, as well as how well they were preserved.
In total, over 100 thousand different items were discovered in the Aztec treasury. Some of them turned out to be very unusual. Archaeologists noted that many of them have never been seen in other excavations.
Some artifacts included crocodile teeth made from green stones, crystals shaped like eyes, beautiful and original sculptures of jaguars. It is worth noting that the tunnel was designed in such a way as not only to hide the finds, but also to impress those who find them.
The peculiarity of the tunnel was that its floor and walls were covered with a special mineral, pyrite. It is also called “fool’s gold”. When light hit it, the mineral began to glow, which very much resembles the night sky in its appearance.
Almost 200 thousand people lived in the city of Teotihuacan. Various ceremonies were held in the tunnel, during which the locals brought gifts to the gods of the underworld or to their most important deity – the god of the storm.
In 1337, on the territory of modern Mexico City, the Aztecs founded the city of Tlatelolco. It was there that specialists managed to find a very unusual burial. Excavations in this region began in the last century. The largest find was made only in 2008.
Archaeologists have found a burial of a collective nature, in which 49 people were present at once, who died during the Spanish conquest. A feature of the grave is that all the bodies were located on their backs, and their arms were crossed over their chest.
In this case, huge cactus leaves were used as coffins. Most of the deceased are young, tall men who are believed to have been warriors. The bones of two children, an old man and a teenager, were also found in the grave.
Special attention of specialists was attracted by the strange burial of the child. He was covered with a small specific plate, and in his skull was an obsidian knife, the length of the blade of which reached 15 centimeters.
At the same time, a small fragment of flint remained in the child’s cervical spine. In the mouth, archaeologists noticed a green stone, which most likely was a replacement for a molar.
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