The tower was 650 skulls of six meters in diameter
During the excavation of the temple of the Aztec Templo Mayor in Mexico, archaeologists have discovered an eerie tower of 650 skulls, as well as thousands of fragments of human remains.
The diameter of the tower was about six meters. The construction was in the corner of one of the premises of a temple dedicated to Huitzilopochtli - Aztec god of sun and war. The base of the tower excavations have not yet reached.
How to tell the professionals, information on "the big tower of skulls, which inspired fear in the Spanish conquerors", preserved from the time of Hernán Cortés - conquistador who conquered Tenochtitlan (now - Mexico City) in 1521.
Probably, the tower is connected with the rituals of human sacrifice, common in Aztec. In particular, regular sacrifices demanded and Huitzilopochtli - it was believed that in this way the sun god adds strength to battle the darkness.
the lower part of the church Templo Mayor Remains were found during maintenance and wiring work in Mexico City in 1978. The first excavations continued until 1982, is now the ruins and the museum are open to visitors. Operation, during which the skull was found, began in 2015.
Archaeologists previously have found the structure, partly of human skulls. Most of these were walls or other architectural elements - tzompantli.
As scientists believe, for the construction of a tower of skulls could be used skulls of enemy soldiers who died in battles with the Aztecs.
But when archaeologists from INAH announced their discovery, this version has been questioned: in addition to skulls of young men who would be warriors, women's and children's skulls were found.
Now experts consider the version on which the tower was related to the rituals of human sacrifice to the glory of the god Huitzilopochtli the sun. It is believed that since the supreme ruler Montezuma I, who ruled in the XV century, people were sacrificed to the sun god, to fill his forces to fight the darkness.
So far, scientists have put forward the theory about the purpose of the tower, excavations at the site of its discovery continues. A base of the tower of human skulls is still hidden under the ground.