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 Jan 27 - Mass Human Sacrifice? Pile of Ancient Skulls Found
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Mass Human Sacrifice? Pile of Ancient Skulls Found - Yahoo! News

Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of skulls in Mexico that may have once belonged to human sacrifice victims. The skulls, which date between A.D. 600 and 850, may also shatter existing notions about the ancient culture of the area.
The find, described in the January issue of the journal Latin American Antiquity, was located in an otherwise empty field that once held a vast lake, but was miles from the nearest major city of the day, said study co-author Christopher Morehart, an archaeologist at Georgia State University.

"It's absolutely remarkable to think about this little nothing on the landscape having potentially evidence of the largest mass human sacrifice in ancient Meso-America,"
Morehart said.
Middle of nowhere
Morehart and his colleagues were using satellite imagery to map ancient canals, irrigation channels and lakes that used to surround the kingdom of Teotihuacan (home to the Pyramid of the Sun), about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Mexico City. The vast ancient kingdom flourished from around A.D 200 to 650, though who built it remains a mystery. [In Photos: Amazing Ruins of the Ancient World]
In a now drained lake called Lake Xaltocan, around which was essentially rural farmland at the time, Morehart stumbled upon a site with evidence of looting.
When the team investigated, they discovered lines of human skulls with just one or two vertebra attached. To date, more than 150 skulls have been discovered there. The site also contained a shrine with incense burners, water-deity figurines and agricultural pottery, such as corncob depictions, suggesting a ritual purpose tied to local farming. [See images from the grisly excavation ]
Carbon dating suggested that the skulls were at least 1,100 years old, and the few dozen analyzed so far are mostly from men, Morehart told LiveScience. The researchers did not release photos of the skulls because the sacrifice victims may have historic ties to modern-day indigenous cultures.
The findings shake up existing notions of the culture of the day, because the site is not a.ssociated with Teotihuacan or other regional powers, said Destiny Crider, an archaeologist at Luther College in Iowa, who was not involved in the study.
Human sacrifice was practiced throughout the region, both at Teotihuacan and in the later Aztec Empire, but most of those rituals happened at great pyramids within cities and were tied to state powers.

By contrast,
"this one is a big event in a little place,"
Crider said.
The shrines and the fact that sacrifice victims were mostly male suggest they were carefully chosen, not simply the result of indiscriminate slaughter of a whole village, Crider told LiveScience.
Many researchers believe that massive drought caused the fall of Teotihuacan and ushered in a period of warfare and political inf!ghting as smaller regional powers sprang up, Morehart said.
Those tumultuous times could have spurred innovative — and bloody — practices, Crider said.

"Maybe they needed to intensify their activities because everything was changing," she said. "When things are uncertain you try new strategies."


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Makes me think about..
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Wtf


wow.
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Why wonder about other planets when we still finding out things on our own.
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playamade56 said:
Why wonder about other planets when we still finding out things on our own.
this. ill never understand why they do that. our planet will end and we will have learned more about our galaxy than planet earth
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playamade56 said:
Why wonder about other planets when we still finding out things on our own.
Imagine what we would find if we actually searched the 90% of ocean thats been undiscovered
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Cant lie....i expected to see a pile of skulls here.....
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Illuminati sacrifices.
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i can literally get on google earth right now and do some investigating of my own. i can see mountain terrains, huge lakes, pyramids, great wall of china, just everything that most people who lived on this planet have never seen. granted its not real life, but you cant show me a picture of the great wall and actually think i realize how big it is or something. anyway i just cant understand this space program why do they do this.

when they use those satellites to map out terrain through the forest cover. that sh*t is so stupid and such a waste. not to mention turn by turn navigation.

and these days, i can just imagine they just spend loads of money trying to figure out how to travel faster and the biggest thing, more efficiently. what a waste. time could be spent diggin in the ground looking for skulls. einstien didnt even find a single artifact, what a loser.

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Makes me think about..
Its on TV right now
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playamade56 said:
Why wonder about other planets when we still finding out things on our own.
We look to the future, never the past. Plus sooner or later we will have discovered everything. Patience.
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This isnt a sacrifice. This is a extermination of indians grave.
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OOps said:
We look to the future, never the past. Plus sooner or later we will have discovered everything. Patience.
We will be gone long before we discover everything in the universe.
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THAT NICCA MUTT said:
We will be gone long before we discover everything in the universe.
Long gone before we discover everything about this planet.
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playamade56 said:
Why wonder about other planets when we still finding out things on our own.
We trying to get the fu*k off this rock before we end up on some Wall-E ish.
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playamade56 said:
Long gone before we discover everything about this planet.
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playamade56 said:
Why wonder about other planets when we still finding out things on our own.
i feel you on this but at the same time why not do it all, like we are doing now,
we have people searching in all areas of our planet at all times,
while we also have many people searching the stars
while we also have many people searching for cures
while we also have many people searching for better technology
while we also have many people searching google lol
we do it all man lol
i like it better this way then if we all tried to do the same sh*t

but what we do need is our youth to be a lil more interested in worldly things, and how to help the human race, instead of being more interested in partying and doing drugs and having fun.

then we'd move fatser through our findings and discoveries and technology

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dang thats wild...
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