Report: Human bones discovered in ancient Mexican city
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Archaeologists have discovered what they believe
to be an ancient religious offering of human and animal bones in a pyramid in
the pre-Columbian city of Teotihuacan, Mexico's government news agency
The artifacts were discovered in a pit filled with loose stones inside
Pyramid of the Moon, Notimex said.
Archaeologists have been digging a tunnel to the center of the pyramid
last year. Last October, the team, led by Arizona State University
archaeologist Saburo Sugiyama, found a skeleton of a man who died about
1,800 years ago. He was buried among rich offerings of greenstone
figurines, obsidian knives, eagles and jaguars.
The latest discovery, made about two weeks ago and announced Saturday,
consisted of four human bones, the skeletal remains of cats and birds, snails,
dozens of pieces of jade and arrowheads of dark stone, Notimex said.
Ruben Cabrera, a leader of the project, was quoted as saying the find was
"extraordinary," because it gives archaeologists more information regarding
the political and religious significance of the pyramid. Notimex did not say
why archaeologists concluded the bones were a religious offering.
Teotihuacan, in the valley of the same name 30 miles north of Mexico City,
used to be a thriving city and ceremonial center that predated the Aztecs by
However, very little is known about it -- including what language people
who lived there spoke. Teotihuacan began declining sharply around 650
AD, and was almost completely abandoned around 750 AD, for unknown