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Ancient skull found with be-jewelled teeth in Mexico

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A skull thought to be around 1600-years-old has been discovered in Mexico and rather than an ordinary set of white teeth scientists were surprised to discover that the skull had teeth decorated with jewels and even a prosthetic tooth made out of a green stone known as serpentine.

Archaeologists have determined that the skull belonged to an upper-class woman who was probably foreign to the region. The skeleton was discovered near the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, in a town called San Juan Evangelista. It is thought that the woman was between thirty-five and forty years old when she died. The female has been named ‘The Woman of Tlailotlacan’ and she has two round pyrite stones fixed to her two front teeth, another indication that she was not from this area. This practice is generally associated with Mayan regions in southern Mexico and Central America.

As well as the bejewelled teeth, the woman’s bones were intentionally deformed, a significant discovery which could point to human sacrifice, as similar skeletons were discovered in the area previously. The site is thought to be a burial ground for the Teotihuacan people who lived there between the first and eighth centuries before vanishing entirely.

 

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