According to the archaeologists, the site is believed to have been built to worship Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl, the god of wind, one of the principal deities of ancient people who lived in the region.
Offerings to the wind god found scattered about the structure include bird bones, obsidian, maguey cactus spines, ceramic monkeys figurines, and duck bills. The remains of an infant human were also found, with no signs of trauma.
Hallazgo por parte del INAH de un templo circular dedicado a la deidad del viento Ehecatl-quetzalcoatl. Encontrado en tlatelolco. pic.twitter.com/YBxNcg6zyp— Tlatoani_Cuauhtemoc (@Cuauhtemoc_1521) 1 декабря 2016 г.
The temple is a "glimpse into the past, a place that opens up for us, from the archeological side, to understand the development of the cities that preceded us," said Pedro Francisco Sanchez Nava, archaeology coordinator for Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute.
The sacred site is one of many similar structures, said archaeologist Salvador Guilliem. These structures, round on three sides with a rectangular platform on the fourth side, have been found in various locations, including in the Mexico City area.
Nuevo hallazgo arqueológico en el centro de México: el INAH informó que descubrió un templo sin referencias históricas en Tlatelolco pic.twitter.com/iDr7ESM4O9— Denise Maerker (@DeniseMaerker) 1 декабря 2016 г.
The large stone platform, which sits in the middle of a construction site, has been made available for viewing. The owners of the land have chosen to preserve the site intact, and will make the ancient structure accessible to the public through a viewing exposition window, after a new supermarket is constructed nearby.