sábado, 26 de octubre de 2013



Also known as a skull rack, a tzompantli was used to display the human skulls of sacrificed victims and war captives, they were used in Mesoamerica and mainly appear to date between 600CE and 1250CE. A similar structure was found in Oaxaca in Mexico that could date as far back as the 2nd century BCE and belonged to the Zapotec civilisation.

Other civilisations who displayed skulls in this type of fashion were the Aztecs, Mayas and Toltecs.

The skulls were threaded through poles and placed on a scaffold-like structure. Although tzompantli did use human skulls there have been stone carved reliefs of skulls discovered that seem to have held the same purpose.



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