June 9, 2017
Aztec Temple and Ball Court Excavated in the Zocalo, Mexico City
A new major discovery of an Aztec Temple and Ballcourt have been excavated near the Zocalo in Mexico City. The excavation uncovered the foundations of a massive circular shaped temple dedicated to the wind god Ehecatl and part of a ball court. The structures were described in the Spanish chronicles. They also found 32 severed male neck vertebrae in a pile next to the court. These would have been the victims of the ball game ritual. The structures were built during the reign of Ahuizotl from 1486-1502. Mexican archaeologist Eduardo Matos said the top of the temple would have resembled a coiled snake with priests entering a doorway that was shaped as the serpent’s nose.
Numerous news stories on this discovery have appeared today. This one is from the Guardian, with photos;
Mike Ruggeri’s Toltecs and Aztecs
Mike Ruggeri’s Aztec and Toltec World Magazine
The same story was published in November 2016. Perhaps the Ball Court and the neck vertebrae are new details.