Secrets of Mesoamerican heart extraction unlocked, more than 1,000 Viking artifacts unearthed, Russian region claims to be spared from COVID-19 thanks to ancient mummy.
Researchers Uncover Methods Of Heart Extraction In Ancient Mesoamerican Human Sacrifices
Some experts estimate that the Aztecs sacrificed as many as 200,000 people every year, with many of them having their hearts removed. During the festival of Xiuhtecuhtli, for example, priests would march to the top of a volcano, sacrifice a man by removing his heart, and then light a ceremonial fire in his chest cavity.
And the Aztecs were far from the only ancient Mesoamericans to sacrifice humans and remove their hearts. Now, researchers have finally uncovered the secrets of how exactly these gruesome ceremonies were performed.
Read on here.
Melting Ice Reveals Over 1,000 Viking Artifacts In Norway
The Lendbreen ice patch in Norway’s Jotunheim Mountains is so remote that it’s only accessible by professional mountain bikers or a helicopter ride.
This wasn’t always the case, however. As a new study on recovered ancient artifacts showed, it was once an extremely busy route of Viking Age traffic.
See what researchers unearthed in this report.
Siberian Region Says They’re Coronavirus-Free Thanks To A 2,400-Year-Old Mummy
Like the rest of the world, Russia has been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, except for its Altai region in southern Siberia where zero COVID-19 cases have been identified so far.
According to locals, the region has been spared from the virus thanks to protection from a mysterious ancient mummy kept in a museum in Gorno-Altaisk, the capital of the Altai republic.
Learn more about the Siberian Ice Maiden.