Mexican archaeologists discover 12 800-year-old skeletons

Mexican archaeologists discover 12 800-year-old skeletons

On December 28, 2012, archaeologists from central Mexico discovered in San Andrés de Cholula, Puebla, a city 120 kilometers from the Mexican capital, the bones of 12 adults and children that may have been buried 800 years ago, according to experts from the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

The remains were discovered when archaeologists were supervising the installation of a new drain in a Cholula neighborhood. Ashuni Romero, a specialist archaeologist, determined that the find, registered on Maximino Ávila Camacho Street, sustains the settlement of pre-Hispanic cultures in the Cholulteca region. Due to the number of remains found, it is considered that the burials were part of a family mortuary.

The first skull was found in the area on December 8, and on Thursday, experts had identified the remains of 12 people. They were buried a few inches below an asphalt-paved stretch, according to Romero, who added that “fortunately they were not damaged by erosion before paving”. Curiously, the neighbors had already anticipated that “they were going to find many burials because there was a pantheon adjoining the church of Santiago Xicotenco”, Which was a few meters from the remains.

A note to note is that the skeletons were found in an area of ​​approximately 10 square meters, practically complete and with the lower extremities flexed.

Most of the 12 skeletons they are complete, and the sex of each will be determined after analysis in the laboratory. The ethnic origin of the bodies is also yet to be determined, although Romero noted that 800 years ago the area was home to members of the Toltec-Chichimeca and Olmeca-Xicalanca cultures.

During the last year, various pre-hispanic burials in this region, which add up to a total of 29 bones, adding the discovery of 17 bones, some 700 years old in the same area in April last year.

The construction of the rainwater collector in the Santiago Xicotenco neighborhood began on October 30, the same day that Cholula received the name "Magic Town”. The work is only in its first stage due to the discoveries of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

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