Archaeologists Find Aztec Remains During Drilling of New Subway Line in Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY (REUTERS).- Archeologists have uncovered more than 500-year-old remains of about 50 Aztec children, some of them stuffed into ceramic jars for burial, during excavations for a new subway line in Mexico City. The team from Mexico’s National Institute for Anthropology and History also found the foundations of Aztec homes, hundreds of small figurines, and pots and plates dating from 1100 to 1500 AD, on the eve of the Spanish conquest, along the 15-mile (24-km) subway line, due to open in 2012 in southern Mexico City, home to about 20 million people. “In total there are 60 graves, 10 adults and around 50 children of different ages, some two or three years old,” archeologist Maria de Jesus Sanchez told Reuters. The graves, found scattered in excavation areas since builders began digging the subway line in September 2008, reflect burial practices of the Aztecs, who often interred their dead relatives underneath their homes