ARCHAEOLOGISTS have found a child sacrifice site at the foot of an ancient temple in a lost Aztec city.
The startling discovery of the remains of a child was made at the foot of the Templo Mayor in the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, which is now the center of the Mexican capital, Mexico City.
Archaeologists believe the child may have been sacrificed for the Mexican God of war Huitzilopochtli.
Archaeologists unearthed the remains of the young child, believed to have been sacrificed in the late fifteenth century, at the foot of an ancient temple in Mexico, in the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, which is now the centre of the Mexican capital, Mexico City
The young boy is believed to have been sacrificed in the late fifteenth century and comes around 12 years after the location of the first child sacrifice was found at the archaeological site.
The child’s bones were reportedly found along with body adornments and symbols characteristic of Huitzilopochtli.
The remains, named ‘Offering 176’, were found under the floor of a square to the west of the Templo Mayor, which was the centre of the ancient city.
The archaeologists point out that in order to offer the remains of the child, the Aztecs had to raise a series of stone slabs from the floor, dig a pit in the ground and build the cylindrical box in which the child was placed with stones of volcanic origin, stuck together with stucco.
One expert told reporters: “Then they filled the square with soil brought from the banks of the old lake to build another square on top of it.”
The discovery comes after hundreds of skulls were recently found in Tenochtitlan that is believed to have been placed on public display in ritual sacrifices.
Tenochtitlan was built on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico.
The city was the capital of the expanding Aztec Empire in the 15th century until it was captured by the Spanish in 1521.
At its peak, was the largest city in the Pre-Columbian Americas.