Archaeologists have recently unearthed a tower consisting of over 650 human skulls. This was found under Mexico City and is quite chilling, to say the least.
Originally the idea was that these skull towers were made up of the remains of warriors who had been defeated as a means of motivation for soldiers going into battle, however, because many of these excavated skulls actually belonged to women and children that idea is being challenged. New questions are being raised in regards to the role human sacrifice may have played in this.
“We were expecting just men, obviously young men, as warriors would be, and the thing about the women and children is that you’d think they wouldn’t be going to war,”
“Something is happening that we have no record of, and this is really new, a first in the Huey Tzompantli.”
Huey Tzompantli is the name that has been given to the racks of skulls noted in records left by Spanish conquerors when they took the Aztec capital back in the 16th century. With that being said, that city is now known as Mexico City. Because of these noted records,
researchers have always known that these skulls were hidden somewhere underground but have not been able to get a closer look until now. These skulls were caked in lime and other fragments and have taken quite some time and effort to unearth.
Of course, depictions of sacrifice can be found throughout Aztec religious literature from that time but women and children were not usually among captured warriors. It is thought these women and children may have been slaves. But it seems were sacrificed as well. For the most part, the society is thought to have mostly sacrificed captured warriors to please the gods so while uncertain and a bit different the thought that these women and children were sacrificed changes things a bit. This sinister tower itself measuring 20 feet in diameter is believed to have been part of the chapel of Huitzilopochtli.
As more research is done and the base is uncovered we will be able to tell more about this intense find. What do you think the purpose of this tower was and where do you think all of these skulls came from? There seems to be much more to t he Aztecs than we thought.