Sunday, April 29, 2007

Evidence found of Toltec child sacrifice

Remains of around two dozen pre-Hispanic Mexican children discovered on the site of the former capital of the ancient Toltec civilisation, Tula, point to them having been decapitated in a group.

Dating from between 950 AD and 1150 AD, the bones were unearthed around 50 miles (80km) north of Mexico City and the ancient warrior-like Toltecs were known to have sacrificed adults during their rituals.

Aged between five and 15, the children were buried with a statue of Tlaloc, the god of rain, around a shrine and were all laid out facing east.

Archaeologist Luis Gamboa claims that evidence at the mass grave indicates that the children were human sacrifices to the gods, including incisions that may have been made by sharp instruments.