The Mexican Central Highlands
October 2010
The Lesser Temples

The Lesser Temples, seen from the Temple of Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli, at Teopanzolco.

The Lesser Temples are off to the site’s west side.  They are all basically just plain platforms, with some even lacking staircases.  I do not recall feeling anything special about them.

According to the INAH Plaque accompanying these temples, the Lesser Temples ring the ceremonial plaza.  Archaeologists uncovered a tomb on the Lesser Temples’ south side holding the bones of 92 men, women, and children.  Archaeologists also found scattered among these remains clay figurines with mutilated members, obsidian utensils and vessels containing bone remains of feet and hands.  This burial at Teopanzolco suggests mass human sacrifice similar to Cuauhnahuac’s Devil House, as the 16th Century Indian chronicler Chimalpahin describes.