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Ancient blood, muscle, tendons on knives in Mexico (The History Blog)

An interesting history-related post from The History Blog:

It’s raining ancient blood, Hallelujah! A research team from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has found blood cells, muscle tissue, tendons, skin and hair on 31 2000-year-old obsidian knives from the ancient Cantona site in the central Mexico state of Puebla. This is the first definitive proof that human sacrifice was practiced in a Mesoamerican culture 1000 years before the Aztecs.

Ancient images showed priests using knives in blood-letting ceremonies and cuts found on bones suggested ritual dismemberment, but they couldn’t conclusively prove human sacrifice. Finding a large number ...

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