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Mexican archeologists discover home from the Conquest
Archeologist of the INAH working in the preservation of the discovery – Photo: Taken from INAH’s official website

Mexican archeologists discover home from the Conquest

06/08/2019
19:23
Newsroom
Mexico City
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The remains of the house belong to the early viceregal period (1521-1620 d.C.)

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In the number 17 of the Justo Sierra street in Mexico City’s downtown, experts of the Program of Urban Archeology (PAU) of the National Instituto of Anthropology and History (INAH) found remains of a dwelling built just after the fall of Tenochtitlán.

Through a press release, the INAH said that it has already begun with the works of archeological salvage and that there have been found vestiges of a platform that runs behind the Templo Mayor, as well as a house from the early viceregal period.

Raúl Barrera Rodríguez, head of the PAU, say that there are hints of the existence of an open space or square in that area of the sacred enclosure of Tenochtitlán, and that it is possible that the platform belongs to the one behind Templo Mayor, continues under the Justo Sierra street, and even under the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso.

In the explorations, a staircase in good state of preservation was found, attached to a meter-wide wall, broken and octagonal edges., which served as lateral access to the house.

Archeologists were surprised by the presence of architectural vestiges of a house of the early viceregal period that was made with reused materials after the destruction of Mexica floors for the new homes of Cortés’ allies.

Archeologists consider that natives were returned to the area that belonged to the sacred enclosure to be used as manpower, under the direction of the Spanish.
 

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