Another report on the Ball Court

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  • June 9, 2017

    Aztec Temple and Ball Court Excavated in the Zocalo, Mexico City

    A new major discovery of an Aztec Temple and Ballcourt have been excavated near the Zocalo in Mexico City. The excavation uncovered the foundations of a massive circular shaped temple dedicated to the wind god Ehecatl and part of a ball court. The structures were described in the Spanish chronicles. They also found 32 severed male neck vertebrae in a pile next to the court. These would have been the victims of the ball game ritual. The structures were built during the reign of Ahuizotl from 1486-1502. Mexican archaeologist Eduardo Matos said the top of the temple would have resembled a coiled snake with priests entering a doorway that was shaped as the serpent’s nose.

    Numerous news stories on this discovery have appeared today. This one is from the Guardian, with photos;
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/mexico-city-ancient-aztec-temple-ball-court