In Mexico, the Aztecs found pyramid opponents

In Mexico, the excavated ruins of the vanished state Tarasco: pyramid, priestly settlement, the imperial treasury. Escaped from the Aztec Indians P'urhépecha created ritual center right in the middle of the lake — on the island Apupato.



Archaeologist Christopher Fisher of the University of Colorado unearthed in the Mexican state of Michoacan traces of a vanished civilization Purepecha Indians, which conquistadors called Tarasco. It flourished from 1350 to 1520 years BC west of the Aztec Empire. For several centuries, the Aztecs have made unsuccessful attempts to conquer the P'urhépecha, but those who owned metal processing, with a copper weapons were always able to overcome the invading conquerors.

Ritual center

Digging Apupato island, Fisher found that the country Tarasco lived not only brave warriors and skilful artisans, priests and power.

Apupato served to P'urhépecha "ritual center", the historian in an interview with National Geographic. Fisher dug the whole town, which is inhabited by the upper classes: priests, aristocrats and other know. The priests served adjoined the village temples and pyramids, whose spacious rooms are perfect for ceremonies. Fisher excavated square entrance to the building, which, in his opinion, served the imperial treasury. And the money from it were not for the maintenance of the yard, and the "satisfaction of the Gods" and "financing of wars," said the researcher.

Drinkers and smoke

Found next to the remains of the Treasury tube. The product has the same form as described in the Spanish paper, previously found to Apupato. European artist has represented the Indians smoking pipes and consume drink pulque, made from the fermented juice of the agave. According to experts, the document captures the ritual P'urhépecha, which the writer could easily be seen on Apupato.

In all likelihood, the priests of the local drunk alcohol. Historians have found traces of the active farming: for two thousand years the island was covered terraces with agave. Purepecha cleared area of about 2 m in width, which encloses earthen walls and channels.

Tarasco actively traded with the neighboring peoples of Mesoamerica who, without fear of anger Aztec Empire, supplying P'urhépecha honey, cotton, feathers, and salt in exchange for the famous metal products, in particular — copper axes.

Defended their independence from the Aztecs, the state Taraska was conquered and conquistadors. King of P'urhépecha Tangahuan II voluntarily swore as a vassal Spanish crown in 1525. Around this time of church dates found on Fisher Apupato.

According to the website of the archaeological project Patzcuaro, to study the mysteries of the island joined the geologists and geographers from the United States and Mexico, which should help to shed light on the history Tarasco.

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