posted on Oct, 23 2010 @ 05:53 AM
The excavation of a sacred pyramid is turning up clues to the empire’s bloody rituals—but so far, no sign of its most feared
While the fractured stone was still in situ, archaeologists used
laser-driven pulses of light to produce a green 3-D image of it. In an adjacent shaft lay six offerings of artifacts.
On the edge of Mexico City's famed Zócalo plaza, next to the ruins of the Aztec sacred pyramid known as the Templo Mayor, the remains of an
animal—perhaps a dog or a wolf—were discovered. It had been dead for 500 years and lay in a stone-lined shaft eight feet deep. It is likely the
animal had no name, nor an owner. Yet the anonymous canine had evidently meant something to someone. It wore a collar made of jade beads and turquoise
plugs in its ears. From its ankles dangled bracelets with little bells of pure gold.
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Carved sometime before 1470, the image of the moon goddess Coyolxauhqui was at the foot of the Templo Mayor's steps until the carving was buried
in a renovation of the pyramid around 1481. The stone, unearthed in 1978, recalls the legend of her murder by her brother, Aztec patron god
The archaeological team, led by Leonardo López Luján,
unearthed the so-called Aristo-Canine in the summer of 2008, two years into an excavation that began when foundation work for a new building revealed
an astonishing object. It was a 12-ton rectangular monolith made of pinkish andesite stone, broken into four large pieces, bearing the mesmerizingly
horrific likeness of the earth goddess Tlaltecuhtli (pronounced tlal-TEK-tli)—the symbol of the Aztec life and death cycle, squatting to give birth
while drinking her own blood, devouring her own creation. It was the third flat Aztec monolith to be discovered by accident in the vicinity of the
Templo Mayor, along with a 24-ton black basalt Sun Stone (excavated in 1790) and an 8-ton Disk of Coyolxauhqui, the moon goddess (1978).
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What a great article and even better photos (I think 12). The others are protected but you can see them all at the link. I have to tell you. I
found myself lost as I looked at the phots-trying to think all about each one. As I have said before on other finds from S. America that I and others
have posted. The more I learn about the peoples/cizilivzations from there the more convinced I am the people back then had some involvement with
other Races or Alien vistors etc. I know, a strectch for some but.. Well, you tell me. Read then look and comment on what all you see.
The 2nd photo, I have to say, is very interesting. I believe similar to others found in S. America. Space Suit? Oramental garb depicted in the
I love how they used the green 3D lighting to observe it etc.