Researchers find Aztec temple platform in Mexico

October 6, 2011 - 5:35 PM
Mexico Aztec Temple

Figures in the shape of serpents heads decorate a newly discovered platform at the archaeological site Templo Mayor in Mexico City, Mexico, Thursday Oct. 6, 2011. Archaeologists say they've found a round stone Aztec ceremonial platform studded with carvings of serpents' heads at Mexico City's Templo Mayor ruin site. Archaeologist Raul Barrera said Thursday that records written before the arrival of the Spanish indicate such platforms were the site of royal cremations. ( AP Photo/ Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Archaeologists say they've found a round stone Aztec ceremonial platform studded with carvings of serpents' heads at Mexico City's Templo Mayor ruin site.

Archaeologist Carlos Javier Gonzalez says the stone platform measuring 45 feet (15 meters) in diameter was probably built around 1469.

He says it could be the spot where Aztec emperors were cremated and buried.

Researchers have been on a five-year quest to find the tombs of Aztec emperors on the western edge of their main ceremonial center, now in downtown Mexico City. None has ever been located.

Archaeologist Raul Barrera said Thursday that records written before the arrival of the Spanish indicate such platforms were the site of royal cremations.