Mass human sacrifice? Ancient skulls discovered in Mexican field – Science

Why is “human sacrifice” always the default assumption? I’m not arguing that this is not the case here; I’m just tired of the predictable conclusions arrived at without any studies or testing having been made yet. Scientific research is supposed to be about being open to ideas and letting the evidence/experiments lead you to a conclusion, and not the other way around.

Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of skulls in Mexico that may have once belonged to human sacrifice victims. The skulls, which date between the year 600 and 850, may also shatter existing notions about the ancient culture of the area.

The find, described in the January issue of the journal Latin American Antiquity, was located in an otherwise empty field that once held a vast lake, but was miles from the nearest major city of the day, said study co-author Christopher Morehart, an archaeologist at Georgia State University.

“It’s absolutely remarkable to think about this little nothing on the landscape having potentially evidence of the largest mass human sacrifice in ancient Mesoamerica,” Morehart said.

via Mass human sacrifice? Ancient skulls discovered in Mexican field – Science.

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