Major Aztec find at the Templo Mayor!
John F. Schwaller
schwallr at potsdam.edu
Fri Oct 7 12:59:59 UTC 2011
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Subject: [Aztlan] Major Aztec find at the Templo Mayor!
Date: 6 Oct 2011 22:59:04 -0500
From: michael ruggeri <michaelruggeri at mac.com>
To: aztlan at lists.famsi.org
Archaeologists have found a round Aztec ceremonial platform with 19 stone serpents heads at the Templo Mayor in Mexico City. It was built circa 1469 CE. Records indicate there were five such platforms in the complex. One other was found last year. Archaeologists are stating that they are getting closer to finding the tomb of an Aztec emperor now. Work in a nearby neighborhood site discovered a few years ago, and suspected of being the possible tomb of Aztec emperor Ahuizotl, found a stairway and offerings, but no tomb as of yet. Though the work there continues.
The Huffington Post has the story here;
And INAH reports on its finds directly;
The structure was found five feet deep and corresponds to Stage IV B, during the rule of Axayacatl. And again, INAH states that this may be close to a sacred precinct where emperors were buried. They have also found two tablets of stone with a Mexica shield related to Huitzilopochtli and to smoke and fire, perhaps referring to cremation. They will continue to excavate carefully and look especially for a staircase that could lead to a tomb.
INAH has the report here (in Spanish) with a very good slide show of the finds. Click on the tiny "fotos" link near the top.
A tiny URL;
Mike Ruggeri's Toltec and Aztec Art Portfolio
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