Mexican archaeologists find a home for Aztec survivors after the fall of Tenochtitlán

Mexican archaeologists find a home for Aztec survivors after the fall of Tenochtitlán


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Mexican archaeologists have found what they believe was a home where upper class Aztecs who resisted the Spanish conquestThey tried to preserve their customs and traditions.

The structure, where the Aztecs were also buried, is part of an old neighborhood in Mexico City called Colhuacatonco, It is famous for being a place where the Aztecs resisted the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, expressed from the INAH in a statement.

The new finding reinforces the argument that Colhuacatonco passively resisted the conquest after the fall of Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztec Empire, said María de la Luz Escobedo, archaeologist responsible for the project.

«It is very likely that the descendants of the first and second generation of the population of Tenochtitlán buried seven people (three adults and four children from 1 to 8 years of age) without being discovered using the traditions of their ancestors."He said in the statement.

Archaeologists found almost complete skeletons buried in the fetal position, in addition to many bone fragments.

The burials were made in the corners and entrance of the house, being dated at the time of the Aztec contact with the Spanish. In them they found funeral offerings: a small figure of a coyote, a bracelet with shells, two small obsidian knives and ceramics of the time.

They also found different objects that suggest the mixture of the two cultures as figurines of people with non-Aztec features and with hats.

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