Archaeologists excavating at one of modern Mexico’s most important ancient civilization sites make a startling discovery. As they dig, they come across a set of bones, animal remains that are completely unexpected. For these are not the bones of domesticated animals slaughtered for food. And their identity means a radical revision of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican history.
The researchers were investigating at Teotihuacan – around 25 miles from Mexico City and another iconic site, the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The dig site includes two of the most famous Mesoamerican buildings, The Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. And it was inside those pyramids that the archaeologists unearthed stashes of bones – both animal and human.