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Mayan elites lived with Aztecs, north of Mexico City, evidence shows

Both cultures were likely related, despite being 800 miles away from each other

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The moon and the sun pyramids at the Aztec site Teotihuacan in Central Mexico. Photo: Getty

Some Mayan elite resided far from Mayaland, in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, northeast of Mexico City.

That’s the conclusion of a team of archaeologists who discovered the remains of a mural and several objects at the Plaza of the Columns complex, which is associated with Aztec culture.

Several fragments of Mayan pottery, a lavish offering, and a deposit with thousands of skeletal remains were found between the Sun and Moon pyramids.

Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said the findings confirmed the theory that both cultures were related, despite being 1,300 kilometers/800 miles away from each other.

A number of epigraphic texts located in places such as Tikal and Petén indicate that there was a close contact between both cultures around the 4th century AD.

But little evidence of this theory had been found in the great city of the Mexican Plateau until now.

The team of archaeologists led by Saburo Sugiyama, Verónica Ortega Cabrera, Nawa Sugiyama and William Fash based their findings on the assumption of the Mayans’ importance for the political organization of Teotihuacan.

The Plaza of the Columns project seeks to unveil mysteries about the city’s origins, history and transformation, as well as its multi-ethnic relations.

Source: El Universal

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