Archaeologists have found in the center of Mexico City images from the Aztecs

February 15, 2012 21:59

Scientists have discovered the stone slabs that decorated the city during the Aztecs. Pictures tell the story of God of War Huitzilopochtli.

Aztecs — nation of central Mexico. They reached number one and a half million people. Their civilization had a significant cultural heritage and rich, well-developed mythology. The state capital was the city of Tenochtitlan, which was located near Lake Texcoco. Now this place is the city of Mexico.

In the heart of Mexico City archaeologists still find items left over from ancient times. The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) reported a 23 decorative stone slabs that were excavated in the Templo-Mayor-Museum, the ruins of an Aztec temple. Scientists have discovered slabs over the age of 550 years, during construction work in September 2011.

Images made in stone, telling of the birth of the God of War Huitzilopochtli. According to archaeologist Raul Barrera, a finding is important, first of all, because it was first made at the site of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Mexico stands on the ruins of the ancient capital.

Stone slabs measuring 40 by 50 centimeters, according to experts INAH, belong to the period of 1440-1469 years, when I was king Montezuma in Tenochtitlan. On plates, made of gray and red volcanic stone, depicted as columns of soldiers and prisoners of war. After the completion of the research part of the found tiles fill up the collection of the museum exhibition.

Aztec myth says that Huitzilopochtli is the son of the Goddess Coatlicue, who got pregnant from a little fluff ball, says archaeologist Barrera. Sister of Huitzilopochtli, and 400 soldiers, according to legend, to kill a pregnant goddess. But it is impossible to stop the birth of the sun god, who is also willing to fight. He killed his sister and threw her head to the sky, where it became the moon.

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