Archeologist found more than 100+ human skulls dating back to the 1400s is in itself a remarkable feat, it’s all the more extraordinary for being part of Huey Tzompantli. The huge tower of skulls famously terrified the conquistadors who conquered the city under Hernán Cortés in 1521.
Researchers have since come to identify 3 distinct construction phases of the tower, which was built from around 1486 to 1502. The construction’s original discovery in 2017 was a rather shocking find, not merely because of the human remains and they weren’t exclusively male.
Researchers had initially anticipated that the uncovered skulls had belonged to young male fighters, but found that many of the remains were of children and women. This obviously led to a reevaluation of what historians thought they knew about human sacrifice in the Aztec Empire.