Skip to comments.Tower of human skulls reveals grisly scale to archaeologists in Mexico City
Posted on 12/13/2020 6:06:31 PM PST by blueplum
Archaeologists have unearthed new sections of an Aztec tower of human skulls dating back to the 1400s beneath the center of Mexico City.
The team has uncovered the facade and eastern side of the tower, as well as 119 human skulls of men, women and children, adding to hundreds previously found, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (Inah) announced on Friday.
The tower, approximately five meters (16.4ft) in diameter, was first discovered in 2017, and the latest discoveries were made in ...
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Some things never change.
The more I learn about the Aztec the happier I am the Spanish wiped them out.
A hat tip to smallpox - the Aztecs were pure evil. I don’t care if they were great astronomers, either.
Wait?! America was a utopia before white man Arrived! I don’t believe this!!! /s
How many were crystal skulls?
Lol! Good one.
Them Aztecs wuz engaged in skullduggery.
Happy Indigenous Day
Maybe we should behave like the Aztecs towards the left?
I'm so glad to be living in a civilized society!
“Wait?! America was a utopia before white man Arrived! I don’t believe this!!!”
Yes, the indigenous peoples always have no stain on their record. There must be some way to pin it on the Spaniards.
The link goes to an extended review of the book which I wrote. Here is an excerpt of the review:
The American edition, published in 1956, 468 pages, Translated by A.P. Maudsley
The Diaz account is the best history book that I have read. It has all the advantage of a first person account and reads like a well written adventure novel.
The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Diaz del Castillo is the only extant first person account of the campaign under the command of Hernando Cortez from 1519 to 1520. The campaign resulted in the discovery and conquest of the Aztec civilization in Mexico.
Cortez himself wrote five long letters to Carlos V in Spain. Parts of them are included in this edition to help explain the narrative. But Cortez' letters were essentially reports of a Conquistador commander seeking favor, and explaining his actions, which were mostly extralegal.
The entire Conquest was a massive verification of the adage that “It is easier to obtain forgiveness than permission.”
Bernal Diaz' account is a first person narrative of the entire campaign, with the amazing detail of a foot soldier who is vitally interested in food, women, weapons, and gold. He includes accounts of two separate expeditions before Cortez.
Bernal Diaz made extensive remarks on the use of firearms in his narrative. The initial numbers were tiny, but contributed significantly to the success of the conquest. Of the initial 400 to 500 men under the command of Cortez, there were 16 with horses, 13 with individual guns, four small cannon, “some brass guns” (more cannon), and 32 crossbowmen. The 13 personal guns were almost certainly arquebuses, the first really practical personal gun, with early matchlocks. Diaz mentions “much powder and ball”.
What a pitoresque and quaint civilization when compared to Cortez and his brutes.
Read ‘The Conquest of New Spain’ by Bernal Diaz. He was there for the conquest and wrote about it in his retirement.
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