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>> In the heart of Mexico City's historic downtown, archeologists have unearthed the remains of an Aztec temple, shedding new light on the sacred spaces of the metropolis destroyed by Spanish conquerors 500 years ago. Reuters correspondent David Alire Garcia was there for the big reveal. We're here in downtown Mexico City, which, of course, was built on the ruins of the imperial Aztec capital Tenochtitlan and right here behind me, you can see the backside of a temple that was dedicated to the Wind God, Ehecatl, that is just being excavated.
This is our first glimpse of this today and this, along with another discovery of a ball court is helping to shed new light on the history of this ancient city.>> The excavations reveal a section of what was the foundation of a massive semicircular shaped temple. Some of the original white stucco remains visible on parts of the temple.
Believed to have been built during the reign of Aztec emperor Ahuizotl, a predecessor of Maktazuma who was defeated during the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Archeologists also found a grisly offering of 32 severed male neck vertebrae discovered in a pile just off the ritual ball court. Researchers said it was unclear whether or not the remains belonged to players who were sacrificed as part of the ball game, a practice that did exist at other sites in the region.
>> The site will be a museum. It'll be open to the public. You will be able to visit pretty much the entire area. Visitors will be able to see part of the ball game area and Temple. I want to make clear that it is not the complete temple because it was very big.
>> The ruins were hidden under a part of the 1950s era hotel, which was damaged during a catastrophic earthquake in Mexico's capital in 1985.