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A spiral formation of human skeletons has been unearthed in an old village cemetery pre-Aztec in the south of Mexico City.
The discovery, which dates back approximately 2,400 years, was made during archaeological work carried out by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Tlalpan.
The spiral is formed by 10 burials and the anthropologists Lucía López Mejía and Sonia Rodríguez Martínez, confirmed that most of them correspond to adolescent burials, although an adult, a baby and the remains of a one-month-old child were also identified.
They also confirmed that at least two of the burials had their skulls intentionally deformed, like some teeth of various skeletons.
While the causes of their deaths are not yet known, the method of carefully placing the remains in a spiral formation by joining their arms suggests that it was part of an ancient ritual.
This theory is reinforced by the placement of offerings of clay bowls and pots, and ceramic spheres and stones in the hands of some skeletons.
After five months of archaeological work, the INAH team has located more than 20 wells in the cemetery, of which 6 of them have individual burials, mostly of adults.
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