Archaeologists have begun uncovering details of a site in Mexico believed to be the ‘Tower of Skulls’ which has been subject of terror tales passed down generations in time.
It is described as the resting place for thousands of skulls hung over the the tower, heads of defeated warriors looming over as a reminder of what would happen if they didn’t conquer territories.
For more than 500 years the skulls lay undisturbed underground in an area regarded as an ancient Aztec capital, but now is a Mexico city.
Among the skulls found, those of women and children were also seen, challenging the initial ideas shared by historians.
Rodrigo Bolanos, a biological anthropologist investigating the site said: “We were expecting just men, obviously young men, as warriors would be, and the thing about the women and children is that you’d think they wouldn’t be going to war,”
“Something is happening that we have no record of, and this is really new, a first.”
Archaeologists have found more than 600 skulls in a site next to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral, the site was built over the Templo Mayor, one of the most important Aztec temples.
Archaeologists believe that this is one of the tzompantli described by soldier Andres de Tapia, who accompanied Hernan Cortes in the 1521 conquest of Mexico.