Native burial ground found in Mexico's Tlatelolco
A 16th century burial ground containing at least 50 skeletons and five skulls of indigenous people was found beneath a city square in Tlatelolco, Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH) said Tuesday.
"The remains probably belong to victims of an uprising when Tlatelolco fell into Hernan Cortes' hands (1521), or of the bubonic plagues of 1545 and 1576," the institute said in a statement.
The bone depository was found in late 2008 during excavations at Tlatelolco's Three Cultures Plaza commemorating the 1968 "Tlatelolco massacre" of some 300 anti-government demonstrators by police.
Archaeologists deduced from teeth found at the site that "the remains belong to indigenous people," but that there was a colonial connection because they were buried "in the Christian custom: face-up with arms folded over the chest."
Tlatelolco, located in the Cuauhtemoc neighborhood, holds the biggest Aztec archaeological site in Mexico City.