In the heart of Mexico City’s historic center, Mexican archaeologists uncovered where four Aztec children were buried some five centuries ago.
Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico have found the skeletons inside what they believe was a traditional Aztec four-bedroom house, dated between 1521 and 1620, at the beginning of the country’s colonial period. .
Excavations have also uncovered pre-Hispanic objects, largely intact centuries later, such as clay pots, ceramic pots and a stone figure of a woman holding a child, the Institute said in a statement this week.
The Aztecs were a warrior and very religious civilization, which built monumental works and practiced human sacrifices. However, the researchers say the children found died of natural causes and were buried in a traditional pre-Hispanic style.
Juan Carlos Campos, the archaeologist who led the excavation, said the natives faced harsh living conditions and were unable to escape after the Spanish Conquistadores took the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, which became Mexico City. .
The Aztecs ruled an empire that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, encompassing much of what central Mexico is in modern times. Tenochtitlán was conquered by the Spanish Hernán Cortés in 1521.