Researchers discover 1,500-year-old cemetery in Mexico

The way a civilization views death says a lot about it. Perhaps this is why the historical discoveries related to this topic are so formidable.

And this just happened in Mexico. Archaeologists have found a 1,500-year-old cemetery of human remains, whose bones were piled up, possibly as part of a ritual.

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And it was a discovery by chance. Authorities were building a sewage system in Pozo de Ibarra, in the western Mexican state of Nayarit, when they found a different structure. They then contacted the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico and realized that it was a very old bone.

The pre-Hispanic discovery contained a complete skeleton, along with human bones from other individuals. Some of the bones were intentionally stacked and separated into different categories, with long bones like femurs (thigh bones) and tibias (leg bones) in one section and seven complete skulls in another.

Image: Disclosure/National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico

Whose bones were these?

  • An analysis revealed that all the skulls belonged to men of various ages.
  • Some of these skulls showed signs of modification, which was common in Mesoamerica.
  • The researchers determined that the bones were buried simultaneously and that the burial rituals were reminiscent of similar practices done during a period stretching from 500 to 850 AD.
  • Ceramic vases and figurines found at the site also helped archaeologists link the burial to that time.
  • The archaeologist at the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, Claudia Servín Rosas, believes that the burial could have been part of a family funeral rite.
  • She explained that at that time, men were buried to commemorate the establishment of a new settlement in Mexico.
  • Experts are now working with Mexican authorities to preserve these remains for future studies.

Rich civilizations

It is worth noting that, before the arrival of the Spanish, the Aztecs, Toltecs and Mayans occupied the region that currently corresponds to Mexican territory.

Mayan City of Chichen Itza
Mayan City of Chichen Itza (Credit: Aleksandr Medvedkov/ Shutterstock)

They were very advanced civilizations for the time, both in terms of technology and culture. For this reason, Mexico is considered a place of various historical and archaeological finds.

Earlier this year, for example, scientists found 2,500-year-old graves there! O Digital Look brought a complete report on the subject at the time.

The information is from Live Science.

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