Kids’ bodies recovered from 700-year-old Mexican grave

July 18th, 2012 - 12:23 am ICT by IANS  

London, July 17 (IANS) Archaeologists in Mexico City have discovered skulls and other bones of 15 human beings from a mysterious mass grave, most of them of children of travelling merchants of the Aztec times, Daily Mail reported.

Aztec people were ethnic groups of central Mexico who dominated large parts of Mesoamerica between the 14th and 16th centuries.

The site is about 700 years old and is a neighbourhood of the Tepaneca merchants, says Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

The bodies were found in the temple. Children were surrounded by religious items including a dog, sacrificed to “keep them company”.

Experts suspect the site was an important ceremonial centre for the Tepanec tribe between 1200 and 1300 AD. The influential traders living there were called Pochtecas.

According to researcher Alejandra Jasso Pena, it so happened that construction was about to commence on five buildings when INAH asked to carry out an excavation of the site first, Daily Mail reported.

Researchers found ceramic flutes, bowls, and incense burners, says Pena, adding that key among the finds were the remanants of a dog that was sacrificed to accompany a child in the afterlife and other artefacts of a pre-Columbian civilisation.

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