Discoveries reveal brutal truth of early Aztec atrocities in Mexico

Though the Spanish would ultimately rule all of Mexico, during the early years of the conquest the outcome was far from certain as new discoveries in Zultepec-Tecoaque, a site east of Mexico City, are revealing.

Archaeologists uncover evidence of Aztec atrocities in Mexico.

Archaeologists uncover evidence of Aztec atrocities in Mexico. Image by Esparta Palma / CC BY 2.0

In 1520 a group of men, women and children were captured by the Aztecs and held prisoner for several months. Remains from archaeological excavations are now showing that over those months the captives (possibly as many as 550 people) were sacrificed, along with their horses, and eaten by the Aztecs. As Cortes, the Spanish leader, arrived, the locals buried what they’d done and in doing so preserved evidence of the massacre that is only now being uncovered. Read more: lasvegassun.com

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