Police found 150 skulls at a "crime scene" in Mexico. It turns out the victims, mostly women, were ritually decapitated over 1,000 years ago.

  

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Police found 150 skulls at a "crime scene" in Mexico. It turns out the victims, mostly women, were ritually decapitated over 1,000 years ago.
Experts said Wednesday the victims in the cave had probably been ritually decapitated and the skulls put on display on a kind of trophy rack known as a "tzompantli."

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When Mexican police found a pile of about 150 skulls in a cave near the Guatemalan border, they thought they were looking at a crime scene, and took the bones to the state capital.

It turns out it was a very cold case.

It took a decade of tests and analysis to determine the skulls were from sacrificial victims killed between A.D. 900 and 1200, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said Wednesday.

"Believing they were looking at a crime scene, investigators collected the bones and started examining them in Tuxtla Gutierrez," the state capital, the institute, known as INAH, said in a statement.

The police in 2012 weren't being stupid; the border area around the town of Frontera Comalapa in southern Chiapas state has long been plagued by violence and immigrant trafficking. And pre-Hispanic skull piles in Mexico usually show a hole bashed through each side of every skull, and were usually found in ceremonial plazas, not caves.

But experts said Wednesday the victims in the cave had probably been ritually decapitated and the skulls put on display on a kind of trophy rack known as a "tzompantli." Spanish conquistadores wrote about seeing such racks in the 1520s, and some Spaniards' heads even wound up on them.

While usually strung on wooden poles using holes bashed through them - the common practice among the Aztecs and other cultures - experts say the cave skulls may have rested atop poles, rather than being strung on them.

Interestingly, there were more females than males among the victims, and none of them had any teeth.

In light of the cave experience, archaeologist Javier Montes de Paz said people should probably call archaeologists, not police.

"When people find something that could be in an archaeological context, don't touch it and notify local authorities or directly the INAH," he said.

In 2015, archaeologists found the main trophy rack of   sacrificed human skulls   at Mexico City's Templo Mayor Aztec ruin site.

That same year, artifacts found at the Zultepec-Tecoaque ruin site   revealed evidence   from when hundreds of people in a Spanish-led convoy were captured, sacrificed and apparently eaten.

2016 study  found that in societies where social hierarchies were taking shape, ritual human sacrifices targeted poor people, helping the powerful control the lower classes and keep them in their place.


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Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
1  seeder  Sean Treacy    2 months ago

The more things change....

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    2 months ago

Let me guess why this is being seeded on Newstalkers......

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago

An interest in the cultural anthropology of the Americas? 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
2.2  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago

Outrage that  scientists presumed  gender based on biology?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
2.2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2    2 months ago
Outrage that  scientists presumed  gender based on biology?

We will never know what these people self-identified as.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2    2 months ago

More like that the natives of the "new world" needed to be rescued from their heathen ways by the Europeans. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.2.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.2    2 months ago

Were the butchering European’s there between A.D. 900 and 1200?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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2.2.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.2.3    2 months ago

Some say the Vikings are rumored to have made it that far South.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.2.5  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.2.4    2 months ago

Seems a little orderly for the Vikings.  Seems to me they had more of a  "rape, torture, let'em lie where they fall, enslave the survivors and move on" type of M.O. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.2.6  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2.5    2 months ago
"rape, torture, let'em lie where they fall, enslave the survivors and move on" type of M.O. 

Not so big on ritual, those Scandinavians aren't anything if not practical.  

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3  Drinker of the Wry    2 months ago

Those Scandinavians were cruel dudes.

 
 

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