After heavy rains in Mexico, some local residents spotted something peculiar in the dirt: bones.
It turned out to be an approximately 800-year-old burial, according to an Aug. 28 news release from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. The grave was found in Morelos near the entrance to the El Tlatoani Archaeological Zone.
Archaeologists said a five-day excavation revealed a woman’s skeleton and several burial goods.
The woman was buried on her right side with her head facing north, according to experts. Her extremities were flexed, which indicates she was wrapped and placed in some kind of packaging.
A collection of ceramic fragments associated with the grave were also found, officials said. Some bowls and a human-like figurine from the burial were dated to the Toltec Period, which lasted from 900 to 1200.
Evidence at the site indicated the woman was buried under floors of a house, archaeologists said,
Beneath the burial, experts said they unearthed more, older artifacts. Several tripod bowls with elongated supports dating to sometime between 500 B.C. and 150 B.C. were found.
Archaeologists said these bowls and other ceramics are the oldest artifacts that have been found in the region, which means it was occupied by earlier groups.
Morelos is about 50 miles southeast of Mexico City.
Google Translate was used to translate a news release from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.