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Ancient graves, pyramid ruins found in Mexico

Construction work in Eastern Mexico exposed an ancient settlement, including 30 skeletons and the ruins of the pyramid, which is thought to have been up to 2,000 years old, archaeology officials announced.

On the site of the graves in the city Jaltipan, to the Southeast of Veracruz, archaeologists also found clay figurines, jade beads, mirrors and animal remains, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History or INAH.

Researchers believe that the settlement was occupied from approximately the first century BC to ad 600 or 700. Little is known about the people who lived there. The skeletons are going to be analyzed so that researchers could learn about how they were treated from the funeral. [In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Skeletons Unearthed]

“All that is known so far, is that these 30 funeral, two at least belong to infants,” explained archaeologist Alfredo Delgado in a statement from INAH.

Deer antlers and bones that may belong to dogs, American wolves, deer, fish and birds were buried with the bodies, perhaps as beloved Pets to the underworld, the researchers said. There is also evidence that the inhabitants of the place were fossil collectors; among the numerous prehistoric remains were facilityname teeth long shark extinct Megalodon-type.

The exhibits found at the scene, represent more than one culture. Nektobenthonic and brickwork look Mayan, while there was also pottery that looks like it came from the ancient city of Teotihuacan, researchers say.

“Research will allow us to see whether this place is multicultural, as indicated by the materials found, or whether the inhabitants were all of the same genetic type,” said Delgado.

The pyramid found on a hill near the funeral, made of stone slabs and stretches 39 feet (12 meters) tall and looks Mayan or Tajin in style, the researchers believe. While precolombina stone monuments have been found in Los Tuxtlas and Sierra de Santa Marta, archaeologists say this type of ancient stone architecture was rarely found in the southern part of the state of Veracruz.

The team said they also discovered bricks in Jaltipan resembling found in Comacalco, at the distance of 74 miles (120 kilometers) in the Maya region of Tabasco.