Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has announced the discovery of 23 stone plaques with carved images inside the main temple of what was once the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, in downtown Mexico City, AFPreports.
The carved images of serpents and warriors tell stories that include the birth of the Aztec warrior god Huitzilopochtli, INAH said.
The 23 stone plaques measure around 40 × 50 cm each, and their tiles were likely carved when the main temple was built between 1440 and 1469, said archeologist Raul Barrera.
It is the first time that archeologists discovered stone carvings set up explicitly to narrate an Aztec myth within the ancient city's most sacred temple, the statement read.
Archeologists discovered the carvings in late 2011 near a circular platform decorated with serpent heads that was discovered in September 2011.
Archeologists said the stone plaques are carved with snake, eagle and prisoner’s images, taken from the cultural history of Mexico.
Beside serving the aim of research, INAH has planned to make the stone plaques a travel destination for tourists, through the night cultural tour which the city has developed quite successfully for many years, aiming to advertise Mexico’s history, people and culture./.