Skull Rack and Towers found in Mexico City

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In summary, the Mexica, a sub-group of the Aztec in Mexico City, practiced human sacrifice and displayed the skulls in "towers" in front of a pyramid with two temples. The Conquistadors noted this but the site was later lost. Recently, the claims of the Conquistadors were proven true when the site was rediscovered. Archeologists, who are only dealing with the bones, may experience PTSD from the gruesome practices of the priests.
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The Mexica, people/government (sub-group of Aztec in the Mexico city area), who were there until the Conquistadors took over in 1521, did a lot of human sacrifice and racked up the skulls and made "towers" of them in front of a pyramid with two temples on top of it.

This was noted by the Conquistadors, but the site was built over and lost.
The claims of the Conquistadors were questioned, until recently when they were rediscovered.
Long Science mag news article here with pictures and a video.
 
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Pretty gruesome, I don't know how archeologists survive this without getting PTSD.
 
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The archeologists are only dealing with the bones.
The priests were cutting out hearts, cutting off heads, etc.
Of course they were true believers.
 
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But the archeologists might still get nightmares as they understand the true brutality of it and the nightmares could lead to PTSD.
 

1. What are skull racks and towers found in Mexico City?

Skull racks and towers are large structures made of human skulls that were commonly used by the Aztecs as a form of religious and ritual practice. They were usually located in temples and served as a reminder of the power and dominance of the Aztec empire.

2. How were skull racks and towers constructed?

The construction of skull racks and towers was a complex process. The skulls were first cleaned and then pierced at the temples. They were then tied together with ropes to create a structure resembling a pyramid. Finally, the structure was adorned with feathers and other decorative elements.

3. What was the purpose of skull racks and towers?

Skull racks and towers held great religious and political significance for the Aztecs. They were believed to be the gateway to the afterlife and were used in various rituals and ceremonies. They also served as a symbol of power and intimidation, as the display of human skulls was meant to showcase the might of the Aztec empire.

4. Are there any specific locations in Mexico City where skull racks and towers can be found?

Yes, there are several locations in Mexico City where skull racks and towers have been discovered. Some of the most notable ones include the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco, and the Huey Tzompantli.

5. How many skulls were typically used to construct a skull rack or tower?

The number of skulls used to construct a skull rack or tower varied, depending on its size and purpose. Some structures were made with just a few dozen skulls, while others contained thousands. The Huey Tzompantli, for example, is estimated to have held over 60,000 skulls.

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