MEXICO CITY (February 14, 2014) Archaeologists have discovered what they described as "an exceptional" burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico.
Experts with Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said in a statement Friday that it’s the first time a group of dogs has been found buried together.
They have been found accompanying human remains or as part of an offering in a monument.
Aztecs believed dogs could guide human souls into a new life after death on earth.
Archaeologist Rocio Sanchez says the dogs were buried in a small pit between 1350 and 1520 A.D., the heyday of the Aztec empire.