Mexican cops find hundreds of skulls at ‘crime scene’ of ‘ritual sacrifice’

Cops in Mexico were shocked after stumbling across a pile of 150 skulls in a cave thinking they had found a grim crime scene.

The area near the Guatemalan border where the discovery was made is plagued by violent smuggling gangs, so an investigation was quickly launched to find out how the remains had ended up there.

A spokesperson for INAH, the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History, said: “Believing they were looking at a crime scene, investigators collected the bones and started examining them in Tuxtla Gutierrez", the state capital.

After extensive tests, which took ten years to complete, it was established it wasn't evidence of a recent crime police had come across but instead the remains of millennia old sacrifices, reports New York Post.

Experts have said the unfortunate victims had been beheaded and their skulls put on display in a trophy rack known as a "tzompantli".

It is believed were killed between 900 and 1200CE .

What confused investigators is that pre-Hispanic skull piles usually show a hole knocked through each side of the skull and are found in plazas not caves.

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Among the vicitms of this latest find there were more women than men, with none of them having any teeth.

In the wake of the find, archaeologist Javier Montes de Paz said people should probably call archaeologists, not police.

“When people find something that could be in an archaeological context, don’t touch it and notify local authorities or directly the INAH,” he said.

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