Fascinating archaeological find in Mexico City sheds new light on the roots of the major civilization to our south, the Aztecs

It is all too easy for Americans to forget about the major civilization that existed on our continent prior to the arrival of Columbus.  The Aztecs, whose capital became Mexico City, had a vast empire based on tribute from conquered peoples.    When the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and his army arrived in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan in 1519, that city is estimated by a leading historian of the period to have had a population over 200,000, which would make it one of the largest cities in the world at the time.  It was impressive to the Spaniards.  So was the evident brutality, as evidenced by the Huey Tzompantli, a collection of racks displaying what were assumed to be the skulls of enemy warriors captured and executed. But new archaeology has thrown that surmise into doubt.  Reuters reports: A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of...(Read Full Post)