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What's the most interesting artifact you've found? The remains of a skull rack that toppled over.
The remains of a skull rack that toppled over.
   
Chuck Said
Several years ago we discovered a toppled-over skull rack in Oaxaca, in one of the communities that had been conquered around B.C. 300. The heads of people who resisted the invasion were probably placed on the rack by the conquerors as a symbol of terror.

Archaeologists knew that in the 1500s the Aztecs had a skull rack in their capital, but no one realized that people were doing the same thing more than 1,500 years earlier.