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Archaeologists discover Maya elite precinct and thousands of sacrificial victims at Teotihuacan

Archaeologists discover Maya elite precinct and thousands of sacrificial victims at Teotihuacan

The Mayas were 1,000 kilometers away from the center of their civilization

Press Release from the Institutio Nacional de Anthropologia E Historia de México (INAH)

Editors Note:  When I was in college, we were taught that there was no human sacrifices at Teotihuacan and no evidence of direct contact between the Teotihuacan and the Mayan civilizations. After anthropologists were finally able to read Maya engravings, they soon learned that huge armies dispatched by Teotihuacan traveled as far as 800 miles (1280 km) to conquer city states in southern Mexico and Central America. Teotihuacano princes were placed over these vassals.  Teotihuacan’s control over its subjects unraveled during a period between 539 AD and 600 AD, in which a “volcanic winter” in the Americas and Europe caused famines and plagues.  Around 600 AD there was a revolt in Teotihuacan, which resulted in all the public buildings being burned.  By this time, all Maya city states had thrown out their central Mexican overlords.  The deposit of violently executed human skeletons, discovered in 2018 is so vast that it is impossible to calculate its extent or its victims.  That portion of the city appears to have been built on a mound of human remains.

A team of archaeologists has uncovered evidence indicating that Mayan elites lived in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacán, located northeast of Mexico City more than 1,000 kilometers from the center of their civilization. The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said in a statement that the remains of a Mayan-style mural and offering as well as fragments of Mayan ceramics and bones of thousands of sacrificed people were found in the Plaza of the Columns, which is positioned between the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.

The discoveries confirm the existence of a relationship between the Mayan and Teotihuacán civilizations, which were geographically separated by 1,300 kilometers. The project to explore the site began four years ago under the supervision of Saburo Sugiyama, Verónica Ortega Cabrera, Nawa Sugiyama and William Fash of Harvard University. “Epigraphic texts found in [pre-Hispanic] metropolises like Tikal, in the Petén Department of Guatemala refer to the contact that both cultures maintained during the fourth century of our era.”

Archaeologists working at the Plaza of the Colonades where the Mayan artifacts and sacrificial skeletons were discovered.

However, until today, little evidence of the same had been found at the great metropolis of the Mexican highlands [Teotihuacán], where new discoveries indicate the residence of the Mayan elite in the City of the Gods,” the archaeologists said.

“Through the excavation of wells in addition to the outline of a tunnel, it has been determined that the structures of the Plaza of the Columns were used for administrative and ceremonial activities and probably as a residence not just for the Teotihuacán elite but also the Mayan elite, at least until 350 A.D., when both [cultures] dominated the scene during the classic period in Mesoamerica.”

Saburo Sugiyama, a Japanese academic at Arizona State University, who has conducted field work at Teotihuacán for the past 38 years, said the discovery of the mural was a key part of the puzzle that allowed the archaeologists to reach their conclusion.

“. . . The remains of the mural in the Plaza of the Columns allow us to affirm the presence of the Mayan elites in Teotihuacán, and that their presence wasn’t periodic for ritual purposes but permanent.

“It’s probable that the artists who painted the mural and the highest-ranking Mayan political officials lived in a building to the north of that site,” he said.

While the mural remains in pieces, its features including Mayan glyphs and small human figures along with its distinctive style leave no doubts that it is the work of an artist or artists “who knew to perfection the iconography” of the Mayan culture, Sugiyama said.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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  1. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, Their empire was far reaching… it most likely reached as far as Georgia for Maya blue, mica, greenstone, but mercury under one of the temples? That seems to be a connection with China or people who had lived in China. According to one account I heard the main temple might have generated a electromagnetic discharge and “smoked” some of those people. The “lay lines” (as they are known in Bronze age England) (“Feng shui” for the Chinese) used certain type of stones at certain locations that harnessed some kind of energy network. It seems an ancient civilization did exist that used the Earth’s core generator and the Teotihuacán Nobles might have been trying to reactivate the ancient system.
    Tesla was also to that understanding that energy could be harnessed from the Earth and the “foo fighters” of Europe arrive about a year after his papers get taken? The Truth is out there.

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    • Electromagnetic discharge? That is very interesting. There was a lot of water around Teotihuacan at that time. The city was built in a swamp. The fact that water conducts electricity might have had something to do with it.

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      • markveale@hotmail.com'

        Richard, another city built in a swamp? seems to be a connection with these ancients that preferred to live in hot swampy climates. Living there they must have discovered static energy… also many pyramids are built over caves with water or aquifers. Even the Great pyramid of Giza which I suspected would release a lighting bolt from time to time when the River Egypt was close by. It does appear someone on this planet advanced to the “Tesla level” long ago….where did all that 99.7 copper go from the Great lakes?.. Copper, Mica, Mercury.. some clues left behind by them.

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        • Well, most of the Creek towns were built next to swamps. In fact, there were still some swamps in Cartersville, when I lived there. The last ones were drained to build a subdivision . . . which of course, flooded in September 2009, when this region got 24 inches of rain in six days.

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    • Someone is not shooting straight with history. It was a Spanish ship that picked up the cannons from Fort Caroline AND the marble marker to carry it back to Havana. Ribault left Fort Caroline quickly to engage the Spanish fleet. He didn’t have time to pick up the marker and had no reason to.

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