The Japan Times
September 21, 1999

Remains of human sacrifices found in Mexican pyramid

MEXICO CITY (AFP-Jiji) Archaeologists have discovered the remains of human and animal sacrifices in a pyramid at the site of an ancient Mexican city, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said Sunday.

The cavity, which archaeologists described as a treasure trove of Teotihuacan culture, contained the skeletons of four humans with their hands tied behind their backs as well as the bones of birds and jaguars.

Archaeologists also identified 10 animal skeletons, a plethora of jewelry made from jade and arrow heads in the pit in the fifth chamber of the Luna pyramid, which dates from 200 B.C.

"It's a significant discovery, because it's a treasure trove of Teotihuacan culture," said archaeologist Ruben Cabrera who noted that experts still have much to learn about the culture after excavating at the site for over 100 years — since 1864.

The find rules out any possibility that the human remains found earlier at the site — known as the City of the Gods — were the remains of important dignitaries, according to Cabrera.