Mexico’s unknown ancient pyramids – BBC Travel

“These people took the body with them everywhere they went, and they carried it for at least 950 years,” Quiroz said. “That means she was a very important ancestor. So when they built the temples, they put her body on top. But we don’t know who she was and why she was so special.”

As I ascended the staircase, treading carefully as there were no railings to hold on to, I tried to imagine the mysterious culture that made the pyramid the final resting place of their sacred ancestor. . “Maybe it was a matriarchal society,” Coffee told me; something that was not a very common social structure in antiquity.

Further genetic analysis revealed other surprises. Once the team performed the genomic analyzes of the skeletons, their DNA revealed genetic similarities to several other Mexican nations, including the Nahuas, Purépecha, Tarahumara and Maya. So the site may have been a multicultural gathering place where people from all over Mexico came to congregate, Coffee said.

Archaeologists hope to uncover more secrets about the once-forgotten site and piece together the puzzle of these sophisticated timekeepers. Much of the history of this society has been lost to time – back when their ancestors were so good at conservation. “That’s why the science of archeology is so interesting,” Quiroz said, because it can help us uncover the past.

Our ancestors have been through a lot, she noted, so we owe it to them to trace their history as fully as possible. “How can we remember such knowledge and wisdom except by recounting [their] story over and over again?” she said.

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