Police confused after finding 150 ‘crime scene’ skulls

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In 2012, Mexican police were stunned when they discovered an “altar of skulls” resembling a crime scene in a cave near the Guatemalan border.

Police weren’t immediately clear on what they had discovered. As the nearby town of Frontera Comalapa is notorious for “violence and immigrant trafficking”, authorities at first believed the discovery stemmed from a recent incident.

Believing they had stumbled upon a gruesome, modern-day killing site, authorities were recently (somewhat) relieved to learn that the 150 skulls were actually from ritual beheading victims and were over 1,000 years old.

According to HuffPost, the National Institute of Anthropology and History spent a decade researching and analyzing the bones, which are now considered prehistoric, dating from around AD 900 to 1200.

According to research, most of the skulls found belong to adult female victims sacrificed in ancient rituals.

Experts identified the skulls and shared that their location in the cave was a key indicator confirming that they were part of a centuries-old indigenous ritual site involving ancient sacrifices.

Historical experts say the unearthed skulls were displayed on a “tzompantli”, which is described as a prehistoric trophy rack commonly found in ceremonial squares to display the sacrificed dead.

According to archaeologist Javier Montes de Paz, it is imperative to continue archaeological research in the area where the Cave of the Skulls was discovered. If residents discover sites of interest, they are encouraged to contact local authorities and archaeologists.

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