Huge Starfish Offering Found at the Temple Mayor in Mexico City

April 11, 2022

INAH has found 164 sea stars placed in the Temple Mayor. Coral, seashells, pufferfish, animal bones and a female jaguar skeleton holding a spear in its claw. They were an offering to Huitzilopochtli, gods of war 700 years ago. Patterns on this species of starfish look like jaguar pelts. They came from 186 miles east, and the coral came from the same distance west. They were re-creating an aquatic environment in the Aztec capital city. Aztec leader Ahuizotl conquered those territories from 1486-1502. Ahizotl added a sixth layer to the Temple Mayor where the offering was found.

Smithsonian has the report here: