Aztec skull trophy rack discovered at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor ruin site

 Archaeologist Raul Barrera on the find: ‘There are 35 skulls that we can see, but there are many more’ in underlying layers.” (Henry Romero/Reuters)
Archaeologist Raul Barrera on the find: ‘There are 35 skulls that we can see, but there are many more’ in underlying layers.” (Henry Romero/Reuters)

The Guardian

Archaeologists say they have have found the main trophy rack of sacrificed human skulls at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor Aztec ruin site.

Racks known as “tzompantli” were where the Aztecs displayed the severed heads of sacrifice victims on wooden poles pushed through the sides of the skull. The poles were suspended horizontally on vertical posts.

Eduardo Matos, an archaeologist at the National Institute of Anthropology and History, suggested the skull rack in Mexico City “was a show of might” by the Aztecs. Friends and even enemies were invited into the city, precisely to be cowed by the grisly display of heads in various stages of decomposition.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/21/aztec-skull-trophy-rack-discovered-mexico-citys-templo-mayor-ruin-site

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