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>> Archaeologists in Mexico City uncovering these golden Aztec artifacts, revealing what was once an elaborately adorned sacrificial wolf believed to have been buried more than 500 years ago. Held in a stone box, the remains of the wolf lay alongside these golden ornaments and tools. Reuters correspondent David Alire Garcia is in Mexico City.
>> Behind me you can see the ruins of what was once the Aztecs' most important temple, the Templo Mayor. And beneath where I'm standing is where the Golden Wolf offering was found. Now what's unique about this offering, there have been many offerings found here about 200. But what's unique about this one is the number and quality of the gold pieces that have been found.
And just like today, for the Aztecs gold was something that was very prized.>> In Aztec culture, a wolf was considered a God of war and solar diety who may have helped fallen warriors make their way to the netherworld. Researchers believe the wolf was buried by a powerful and brutal Aztec king.
But more tests will be needed to confirm the animal's heart was torn out as part of a symbolic sacrifice. Despite sewer damage more than a century ago, the discovery is considered highly unusual for the quality and number of artifacts uncovered. In the heart of Mexico's capital, once home to the Aztec empire's holiest shrines, the Templo Mayor was razed along with the rest of the Aztec capital after the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century.