Aztec Skull Tower discovered beneath Mexico City

The BBC reports:

Archaeologists have excavated more sections of an extraordinary Aztec tower of human skulls under the centre of Mexico City.

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said a further 119 skulls had been uncovered.

The tower was discovered in 2015 during the restoration of a building in the Mexican capital.

It is believed to be part of a skull rack from the temple to the Aztec god of the sun, war and human sacrifice.

Known as the Huey Tzompantli, the skull rack stood on the corner of the chapel of Huitzilopochtli, the patron of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan.

While the actual discovery technically occurred 5 years ago, the announcement feels particularly fitting for the end of 2020.

Aztec skull tower: Archaeologists unearth new sections in Mexico City

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