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Mexico's Pyramid of Death
OCTOBER 2006
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One Burial, Twelve Bodies
Photograph by Jesús Eduardo López Reyes

Headless skeletons lie in a jumbled heap, just as they were dumped following a sacrificial ritual around A.D. 300. Ten in total, and all men, they were probably decapitated by a priest wielding a razor-sharp stone knife. Who they were remains a mystery, but all had their hands bound behind them—a sign they did not go willingly to their deaths. Two other men were also found in this burial. Both died with their hands bound, but they were richly adorned and were not decapitated. One wore an especially macabre necklace—a string of pendants, each made of shell squares that had been arranged like teeth into the shape of a human jaw.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome 64
Lens: 105 Macro Tungsten
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Available light
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