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Tula de Allende, Hidalgo, Mexico — The Central Highlands

The Wall of Skulls

The Wall of Skulls Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 2, 2018
1. The Wall of Skulls Marker
The image on the left of the marker appears to show part of a ball game, while the image on the right is a recreation of a 'Wall of Skulls'.
Estructura arquitectónica construida durante el asentamiento mexica en Tula y cuya función era colocar y exhibir cráneos de humanos sacrificados, generalmente de prisioneros de guerra.

Es probable que la exhibición de los cráneos tuviera la intención de ejercer una especie de coerción de tipo social.

En similitud con el de Chichén Itzá, el Tzompantli de Tula se localiza en el lado este de un juego de pelota, lo que sugiere la existencia de una relación funcional entre ambos recintos.

Las dimensiones del cuerpo principal de esta estructura, explorada en 1970, son de 59.80 metros de largo (norte - sur) por 11.48 metros de ancho (este -oeste).

The Wall of Skulls
This architectural structure was built during the Mexica settlement at Tula. Its function was to place and display the skulls of human sacrificial victims, generally prisoners captured in battle.

It is likely that the display of skulls was intended to exercise a coercive function in society.

Like the one at Chichén Itzá, the Tula Tzompantli is located on the eastern
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side of the ballcourt, which suggests the existence of a functional relationship between both precincts.

The dimensions of the main part of this structure, explored in 1970, are 59.80 m (196 ft) long from north to south by 11.48 m (37 1/2 ft) wide east to west.
Erected by CONACULTA y INAH.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArchitectureMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 20° 3.825′ N, 99° 20.487′ W. Marker is in Tula de Allende, Hidalgo. Marker can be reached from Tula-Pachuca Carretera just north of Entrada a Zona Arqueológica. The marker is just east of the Ball Court 2 at the Tula Archaeological Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tula de Allende HGO 42800, Mexico. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ball Court 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Burnt Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); Pyramid C and the Adoratory (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Pyramid B (about 90 meters away); The Temple of Pyramid B (about 120 meters away); Building K (about 120 meters away); El Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes) (about 120 meters away); Ball Court 1 (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tula de Allende.
The Wall of Skulls Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 2, 2018
2. The Wall of Skulls Marker
This view towards the west shows the remains of the Wall of Skulls, which today is only a stone base.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Jun. 7, 2023