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Aug
08

The Aztalan Stockade

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The Stockade at Aztalan.

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When Aztalan was inhabited the stockade would have been filled in with a weave of branches and then covered with a mud clay mixture, forming a solid wall.

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While it is not known if this stockade was built to keep people in or keep people out there are things that can be surmised from the design.  Evenly spaced towers protruded from the wall to the outside.  Similar to other fortifications around the world this design suggests a defensive nature.  The towers protruded outward so that archers could pick off anyone trying to climb the walls to get in.

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The platform mounds are believed to serve a religious or leadership purpose.  The platform mound’s location in the stockade’s corners could also serve a defensive fallback position should the corners, a typical weak-point in a defensive fortification, be breached.

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Skeletal remains of the original inhabitants have been found buried within the mounds.

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The stockade completely encircled the town, though it has only been partially rebuilt by modern archeologists.

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The Crawfish River borders the south side of the town.

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With the Crawfish flooded at the time, I was unable to explore this part of Aztalan.

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