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Mystery Mexico City gold bar was Cortés loot

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"A gold bar found in a Mexico City park in 1981 was part of the Aztec treasure looted by Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors 500 years ago, a new study says.

"The 1.93-kilogram bar was found by a construction worker during excavations for a new building along the Alameda, a picturesque park in the heart of the Mexican capital.

"For 39 years, its origins remained a mystery.

"But thanks to specialized X-rays, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) says it has now confirmed where the bar came from: the Spaniards' hasty, though temporary, retreat during the so-called "Noche Triste," or "Sad Night.""

Full monty at Phys Org: https://phys.org/news/2020-01-gold-bar-mexico-aztec-treasure.html

And at the Uk Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/10/mexico-city-gold-aztec-treasure-spanish-conquistadors

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