TULA, Mexico (Reuters) – The grisly find of the buried bones of 24 pre-Hispanic Mexican children may be the first evidence that the ancient Toltec civilization sacrificed children, an archeologist studying the remains said on Monday.
The bones, dating from 950 AD to 1150 AD and dug up at the Toltecs’ former capital Tula, north of present day Mexico City, indicated the children had been decapitated in a group.
The way the children, aged between 5 and 15, were placed in the grave, and the fact they were buried with a figurine of Tlaloc, the God of rain, also pointed to a group sacrifice, archeologist Luis Gamboa said.
“To try and explain why there are 24 bodies grouped in the same place, well, the only way is to think that there was a human sacrifice,” he said.
“You can see evidence of incisions which make us think they possibly used sharp-edged instruments to decapitate them.”
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