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Why are so many skulls found in “Cenotes”?

Are they evidence of human sacrifice… or something else?

Throughout southern Mexico there are many natural freshwater sinkholes that the local people call “Cenotes.”

According to the accounts of the Spanish Conquistadors, these Cenotes were the scenes of brutal rituals where Aztec priests would slaughter victims, flay them, and discard their remains in the water.

In the broadcast episode, we visit a Cenote with archaeologist Guillermo De Anda as he dives into the water to investigate.

On the bottom there are hundreds of human bones.

But the physical evidence reveals that the Cenote was not a watery refuse pit.

To ancient Mexicans, the Cenote was not just a place but a path.

Where it leads will be revealed in Museum Secrets: Inside Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology.

 

All is revealed in Museum Secrets: Inside Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology.

Further Questions

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