Mexican archaeologists discover Mexica offering erected after Spanish conquest

Mexican archaeologists discovered remains of an ancient Mexica offering in what was Tenochtitlan, the highest temple of the Aztec empire, placed there after the Spanish conquest, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) reported on Tuesday.

“Various material remains, such as a pot with bone remains and 13 incense burners” are part of the offering discovered in a house inhabited by a Mexica family “who survived the Spanish conquest”, located near the current Plaza Garibaldi, in the center of the City from Mexico, the institute said in a statement.

The INAH investigation showed that the inhabitants of that house “performed a ritual in the sixteenth century, possibly between 1521 and 1610 AD, to testify that this was the end of a cycle of their lives and their civilization,” the statement added. .

The archaeologists, led by researcher Mara Abigail Becerra, are based, among other things, on the fact that the types of ceramics found in the place, such as Azteca Bruñida and Roja Bruñida, “are associated with the periods of Spanish and early viceregal contact. ”, Pointed out the INAH.

It is evidence “of an offering that was made in the first decades after the conquest of Tenochtitlan, as part of a closing ritual of the same space,” said Becerra, quoted in the statement.

The discovery of the first objects was recorded last August, when masons were preparing the foundations of a building, coinciding with the official ceremonies for the 500 years of the conquest of the Spanish and the fall of Tenochtitlan, highlighted the INAH.

The offering was found “little more than four meters deep” and was covered “with several layers of adobe,” the INAH continued.

The “cremated” skeletal remains – a widespread funerary custom in the Mesoamerican world – were possibly from an infant; however, this will have to be verified by micro-excavating the ashes, “the statement said.

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