Skeleton with stone-encrusted teeth found in Mexico ancient ruins

Skeleton teeth

Archeologists have discovered the 1,600-year-old skeleton of an upper-class woman whose skull was intentionally deformed and teeth were encrusted with mineral stones near Mexico’s ancient ruins of Teotihuacan.

The woman, between 35 and 40 years old when she died, was buried with 19 jars that served as offerings, the National Anthropology and History Institute said.

Her cranium was elongated by being compressed in a “very extreme” manner, a technique commonly used in the southern part of Mesoamerica, not the central region where she was found, the institute said in a statement.

Although other intentionally deformed skeletons have been found in Teotihuacan, this one — dubbed “The Woman of Tlailotlacan” after the neighborhood where it was found — is among those with the most deformations.

Another distinctive feature, showing the woman was a “foreigner” in Teotihuacan, is the two round pyrite stones encrusted in her top front teeth, a technique used in Mayan regions in southern Mexico and Central America.

She also wore a prosthetic lower tooth made of a green stone known as serpentine.

The enigmatic pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Mexico City, thrived between the first and eighth centuries, after which its civilization vanished.

Its two majestic Sun and Moon pyramids are major tourist attractions.

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  1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 16th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Civil Society Organizations are getting it all wrong by trying to play holier than thou game. Whom do they represent? I thought he who pays the piper calls the tune! To attempt to indiscriminately
    assault the whole leadership of this country is to insult Kenyans. About 4 days ago, I stated elsewhere that David Koresh’s Branch Davidian situation was quickly forming in our midst. Koresh was a leader of Branch Davidian cult whose followers believed that the end came with the leader. Thus, when Koresh decided that he had enough under the sun, he simply ordered his followers to go in to arson mass suicide at Texas, USA.

    I must say that when I was writing the piece, I had no idea whatsoever that merchants of deceit’s groupies in name of civil society, were up to something sinister. And surprisingly, very similar to Branch Davidian stuff! Obviously, same murderous fellows seem to have decided that if they are going to sink, they will have to go down with everybody. To actualize that scheme, they are certainly using these fake civil society groups to even with their opponents. Of course, brother Tony Gachoka’s entry in to ICC matters, coupled with Miguna’s book, has sent shockwaves and utter tripidation to lords of deceit. Crippling desperation is surely now overwhelming!

    While I have no problem with accusations that are backed by evidence, its quite inordinate, if not totally despicable to attempt Branch Davidian on a whole political class. Of course, brother VP Kalonzo Musyoka’s inclusion in these futile attempts, points to a more elaborate scheme to bring every one down. It wont work at all! Furthermore, selling Somalia Embassy house was initiated by Somalis themselves and Kalonzo only gave permision to known diplomatic parties to do what they wanted with their building. Somali government was non-existent after all! Masongeleni land issue even came about in 2005 referendum and quickly became anti-climax. Kalonzo’s Yatta land details are pretty known and is not even worth going in to. This court contempt matter was also delt with expediously. So as it stands now, the brother has no dark spot in his corners. Nevertheless, those who want to mislead Kenyans that there are “no clean leaders” in this country, wont hesitate to hold on straws. Pretentiously as usual, to attempt to bring in to disrepute the VP’s name.

    That since the release of Miguna Miguna’s book, we have been repeatedly told that there no clean leaders, says it all. Needless to say, since the formation of coalition government, schemers have been on overdrive to malign brother VP Kalonzo Musyoka. Whenever things were going right, Kalonzo’s name never featured anywhere at all. However, whenever things went wrong, his name was quickly brought in to focus. Newspapers would quickly splash his name in their headlines. Fictitious tripitite leadership would swiftly be brought on board! That we have only two partners in government would be conveniently kept under the carpet . And more importantly, that merchants of deceit had categorily stated that the loaf was only for those two would be ignored. This media manipulation is very well known by Kenyans. Thats because those who have stolen from Kenyans are well known. Those who have fed Kenyans with cancerous maize are pretty known.


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