After Cortes' extraordinary conquest of the Aztecs in 1521, the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, was leveled & its Great Temple demolished. In 1978, clues that led to the rediscovery of the Great Temple & the most spectacular excavations ever conducted in Mexico. Matos discovered ritual deposits containing thousands of offerings from all over the Aztec empire; jaguar skeletons, jade masks, obsidian knives, stone sculptures, & effigy vessels. Matos links these to the overall symbolism of the temple & its fearsome deities, the war & rain gods. Fully illustrated & complete with extensive quotations from 16th-century chronicles.
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