MEXICO CITY (AP) — Archaeologists have discovered a burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs -- animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples, officials said Friday.
Experts with Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said in a statement Friday that this is the first time a group of dogs has been found buried together. They have been found accompanying human remains or as part of an offering in a monument.
Aztecs believed dogs could guide human souls into a new life after death on earth.
Archaeologist Rocio Sanchez says the dogs were buried in a small pit between 1350 a 1520 A.D., the heyday of the Aztec empire.
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