Archaeologists find the burial of an Aztec child sacrificed to the God of War

Archaeologists find the burial of an Aztec child sacrificed to the God of War

Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH) have announced the discovery of the Aztec sacrifice of a child in the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, which is believed to have been offered in ritual to the Aztec god of war: Huitzilopochtli.

The remains belonged to a boy between eight and ten years old. His analysis showed that his teeth were badly worn and that he had suffered several infections in his mouth.

It is also believed that he most likely died sometime during the reign of Ahuízotl (1486-1502).

They reported in turn that the boy's remains were found in a stranger cylindrical well bordered by volcanic rocks, being the only one of the 204 tombs excavated in the site that presented these characteristics.

Other unusual items from the burial (called “offering 176”) include the boy's funerary assets, which featured jadeite jewelry from Guatemala and blue beads of unknown origin.

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