Thousand-Year-Old Circular Burial Site Discovered in Mexico Intrigues Researchers

In the south of Mexico City, a dozen skeletons were found in a burial. These bodies were arranged in a strange way and could have a ritual significance, according to the researchers.
These skeletons were discovered at an archaeological site in Tlalpan, a town south of Mexico City. The tomb is part of an ancient village discovered in 2006 by researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH). Since then, archaeologists have made discoveries after discovery.

In a press release from the Institute, the researchers claim to have determined that of out the ten skeletons discovered, two are women while another is that of a man, with the presence of children and even a new-born. What especially attracted the attention of the experts is the form in which the bodies were arranged, namely in a circular manner.

According to the researchers, this is a ritual burial because the bodies, arranged side by side with the members fitted together, seem to reflect religious practices. 

Also, two of the found skulls appear to have been voluntarily distorted and this common practice in Mesoamerica may have several reasons. Indeed, it could be to mark the membership to a particular group or a social position. Around the bodies, archaeologists found clay pots and “tecomentes” (deep-bottomed) vases.

The researchers could not determine the cause of death of these people, but they think they are dealing with a “kind of interpretation of the cycle of life”, since different ages are found among the bodies discovered in the burial.

Finally, the researchers believe that this funerary site belongs to a village older than the Aztec empire (1325-1521) and would have existed at the same time as the civilization of Teotihuacan (from 200 BC to about 600 AC). 

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