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Montezuma’s Treasure - Aztec Gold Bar Discovered


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Montezuma’s Treasure, Aztec Gold Bar From 1500’S Discovered In Mexico City.

Hernán Cortés Had Aztec Treasures Melted Into Gold Bars For Easier Transport Back To Spain. (Courtesy Of Mexico’s National Institute Of Anthropology And History, Archivo Digital, Mna-Inah-Cannon)

New Scientific Analysis Of A Large Gold Bar Found Under A Mexico City Street In 1981 Has Shed Light On Its Centuries-Old Origins. As Mexico’s National Institute Of Anthropology And History (Inah) Announced Last Week, The Precious Metal Was Probably Dropped In A Canal By Spanish Invaders As They Retreated From The Aztec Capital Of Tenochtitlán On June 30, 1520, The Noche Triste, Or “Night Of Sadness.”

Construction Workers Discovered The 4.4-Pound Gold Bar At A Depth Of Some 16 Feet Belowground. X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis Detailed In The January Issue Of Arqueología Mexicana Revealed The Chemical Composition Of The Bar, Providing Data Experts Could Then Align With Other Gold Samples From Known Years, Explains José Luis Ruvalcaba Of The National Autonomous University Of Mexico In A Statement. In This Case, The Composition Of The Gold Bar Was Similar To Those Recovered At Nearby Templo Mayor, The Central Temple Of Tenochtitlán.

“The Golden Bar Is A Unique Historical Testimony To A Transcendent Moment In World History,” Archaeologist Leonardo Lopez Lujan, Who Is Leading Excavations At Templo Mayor, Tells Reuters’ David Alire.

Last Updated 02/12/2021

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