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In a pharmaceutical company’s premises, located in the municipal district of Miguel Hidalgo of Mexico City, specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH-Conaculta) recovered two burials that are over 500 years old, as well as other ceramic remains. Given the possibility that there could be more pre Hispanic element findings in the area, INAH elaborated an archaeological salvage project that will take place in said area.

The findings in the pharmaceutical company’s property, in the Granada residential area, where registered after the company’s workers dug a ditch of 80 centimeters [31.5 inches] wide, 10 meters [32.80 feet] long and 2 meters [6.56 feet] deep in the piece of land where they will build another corporate building.

These discoveries were responsibly reported to INAH by the company, which allowed the finding to be handled by personnel of the Archaeological Salvage and Physical Anthropology Offices.

According to the analysis of the ceramic objects, made by archaeologist Janis Rojas, these consist primarily of jug, pot and bowl pieces, among others, and they belong to the occupancy sequence that comprises the beginning of the Pre Classic period (1200 – 400 B.C) and ends with the Late Postclassic period (1350 – 1519 A.D)

The preliminary studies of the experts at the Physical Anthropology branch of INAH that where applied to the pair of skeletons discovered at the site reveal that these date back to the Late Posclassic period. The bones were found in a fetal position inside the ditch, and belong to a male and a female, both adults, who died around the ages of 40-45 and 20 respectively.

Inside the same ditch they found three small spindles and a small pot that must have been deposited beside the lifeless bodies as offerings.

A good amount of the jug, pot and bowl pieces have a red pigment; also there are figurines that represent deities, whose duty was to protect the home (like the Cihuateteo), and figurines representing warriors and animals that accompanied the dead, such as dogs, or figurines that represented gods, such as the case of a monkey figurine that alludes to Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl. They also were able to recover green obsidian knives.

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