The team of archaeologists from National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH - Conaculta), found in the building 17 of the archaeological zone of Tancama (12 kilometers from Jalpan de Serra), a total of 15 burials with complete human skeletons, which is estimated, preliminarily, that they have some 850 years old.
The remains have been transferred to the Department of Comparisons of Archaeological Collections of the INAH, in Mexico City, where the Doctor in Physical Anthropology Cristina García Pura, will direct the cleaning and paleopathological and taxonomic analysis of the bones to determine the number of complete skeletons, age, gender and possible diseases that could have led to the death of these individuals.
For the moment, only a skeleton has been identified like a woman in her 40s or 50s.
Professor Jorge Quiroz awaits the results of the analysis to determine the exact date of the bodies, although he considered that given the place where they have been found, They could be from the year 1150 AD, when Tancama would have been depopulated for at least two centuries.
“The case of the burials that have been found in building 17, could be related to the process of resignification of these sites, that is, that people who lived in other places returned to their place of origin to deposit their dead in some necropolis. However, this hypothesis can only be corroborated with additional studies.”Quiroz explained.
Dr. Pura added that the discovery of these skeletal remains should be added to the 64 skulls of individuals 18 years or younger (most male), which were discovered in this same building prehispanic in 2001, where black ceramic-type pieces from Zaquil were also found, which apparently were religious offerings.
The study of ceramic and bone material will allow understand the function of the building 17 and if it was a place to make propitiatory burials or if it was a space of resignification when the site had already been abandoned.
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