July 23, 2016
Aztec Era incense Burners Found at Cuauhtitlan
INAH has found 30 Aztec era incense burners at the site of Cuautitlan. The artifacts have polychrome handles and snake heads representing Xiuhcoatl as the fire serpent. They have also found graves and a temple at the site. The handles of the burners have balls of clay that emit a sound like rain when shaken. The site and offerings are dated to 1350-1519 CE. Cuauhtitlan was an Aztec tributary and trading center. The burials included 3 skulls and long bones. A stack of obsidian blades, black and red pots. A young girl was interred in a seated position. She was buried with dishes, whistles, and a mask of the God of death, Mictlantecuhtli.
Ancient Origins has the report taken from the INAH page, with photos of the finds and a video.
June 1, 2016
New Research on Aztec Skull Masks
Resarchers are studying the 30 gruesome skull masks created by the Aztecs at the Templo Mayor. They have found that all were adult males between 30-45 years of age. Their dental record shows they were of high status and probably warriors. They may have been captured warriors or nobility from defeated towns. There were unmodifed skulls that show they came from poorer classes.
The Daily Mail has the report here with extensive photos;
Mike Ruggeri’s Toltecs and Aztecs