Photograph from Cortesía/INAH/RML/APIn addition to graves, the excavation—which began two months ago in advance of the construction of a new apartment building—yielded objects that may speak to the religious beliefs of the little-known Tepanec. This figurine, explained Talavera González, is a combination of the goddess of rain and the goddess of corn.
The site is in an area called Azcapotzalco—in its day a rich and powerful capital and today a borough in northwestern Mexico City. According to INAH, the new findings indicate Azcapotzalco was also an elite Tepanec business district and a civil and ceremonial center.
Published July 31, 2012
National Geographic Daily News
More on the excavations - including the burial of a woman with a newborn infant in her arms and other child burials -- some sacrificial?