May 21, 2022

INAH Confirms 150 Human Skulls Found in a Chiapas Cave Was a Result of an Ancient Ritual

A pile of 150 human skulls found in a cave in Chiapas, Mexico 10 years ago. Police feared this was a cartel massacre of Guatemala migrants. INAH Archaeologists have now found that the skulls date to 900-1200 CE. The victims were beheaded and were most females, and all were missing teeth. The find was probably a tzompantli or trophy rack with skulls placed along wooden panels. The wooden sticks have also been found. This is not the first cave in Chiapas where similar skull finds have been made.

The New York Times has the report here with a photo: