Mass grave discovered in Mexico is over 1000 years old!

Wow! Serious historical breakthroughs have just been made in Mexico City. A grave that held the remains of 167 people was recently discovered in southern Mexico and though authorities originally thought it was only about 50 years old,  it turns out the grave has been there for over 1,000 years!


The grave was discovered in a cave on a remote ranch near the town of Frontera Comalapa, about 11 miles from the Guatemalan border. Anthropologists said the skull remains show signs of artificial deformation, a practice that involves using planks to flatten and elongate the skulls of infants.  The Maya people and other natives who lived in Southern Mexico and Guatemala were said to have engaged in this custom around 1,300 years ago.

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The Chiapas state prosecutor's office also said that officials from Mexico's national anthropology institute found similarities between the grave site and other cemeteries from the years 700 to 1200.

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I've always been weirdly enthralled by history (especially anthropology) so this is completely fascinating to me. In fact, while reading about the discovery, I was hoping that they didn't cause too much damage to the site by digging it up simply because they originally thought it was only 50 years old. That would be such a missed opportunity to kearn new information about the past. Especially because these skulls did manage to remain mostly undisturbed for over 1000 years. That's crazy! Nowadays, 6-month-old technology is considered ancient. But this kinda puts the dilemma over your old iPad in perspective, doesn't it?  

What do you think of the discovery?

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