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Mystery Explored: The Aztecs: Of Blood and Sacrifice
Expedition Dates: December 10 - 23, 2006

Summary:

The Aztecs were the largest civilization to ever rule Mesoamerica, and they were also the bloodiest. In recent years, archeology and modern science are shedding new light on their prolific practice of human sacrifice. Could the gruesome tales of sacrifice and dismemberment, as told in the Spanish chronicles of the 16th century, possibly be true? Could 80,400 people have been sacrificed in just 4 days in 1487? I traveled to Mexico City to investigate and use forensic science to examine the bones of sacrificial rituals. I even tried my hand at the weapons of the Aztecs, sampled the potions of the priests and cut through flesh using the technology of the ancients.


Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
“Altatl Bob” Perkins
Dr. Carmen Pijoan
Dr. David Carrasco
Dr. Manuel Aguilar-Moreno
Dr. Robert Bye
Locations Visited:
Mexico City, Mexico
Zocalo Square, Mexico
Tlatelolco, Mexico
Templo Mayor, Mexico
Santa Cecilia de Acatitlán, Mexico
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico
Toluca, Mexico

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