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The Turquoise-Studded Skull of a Long-Dead Aztec Man

An unusual artifact sits within Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology. Fitted fragments of turquoise, carnelians, and white seashells cover the upper half of the skull. Pine resin binds the decor to the bone, creating a colorful mosaic.

This artifact was actually created for the museum in 1967 when the museum was searching for pieces that show how was life between the aztecs. The original artifacts made with turquoise are very rare.


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