Final Word on Fate of Victims at Chichen Itza’s Sacred Well

January 29th, 2008 by ejalbright

We now have the proverbial “last word” regarding the findings of researchers who studied skeletons taken from the Cenote Sagrado (Sacred Well) at Chichén Itzá.

INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia), the national agency that oversees Mexico’s ancient monuments, published its summary of the study, “Osteataphonomy Analysis of Skeletal Remains Submerged in Cenotes: Vision from the Sacred Cenote at Chichen Itza,” which examined 2,500 bones retrieved from the Cenote Sagrado in the 1960s.

The brief INAH report is consistent with the version in Mexican newspapers: That the skeletons found in the Cenote Sagrado during two expeditions in the 1960s belonged to children under 11 and men, not “virgin women” as the legend goes. The article also confirmed they were victim of sacrifice, although how they died will be the subject of the next study.


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