Mystery Shrouds Discovery of Aztec Mass Grave Site

The discovery of 49 bodies in the ruins of one of the Aztecs' final points of resistance against Spanish conquistadors has raised many questions.

Burial Reflects Mixture of Traditions
Found by a team of archeologists in the ruins of a palace complex in the Tlatelolco area, not far from the Aztec Empire capital of Tenochtitlan, the bodies were entombed using aspects of both local and Spanish traditions, even though they are thought to have died in the midst of Spain’s conquest of the region.

Laid on their backs, with their arms crossed on their chest, according to Christian tradition of the time, the bodies were also buried with ornaments and jewelry that predated the arrival of Spaniards, keeping with Aztec rules of burial.

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