Archaeologists working near Mexico City found evidence of cannibalism. Using cutting-edge techniques, they re-created the methods and ingredients used to cook human flesh.
It is perhaps the greatest of all taboos. It fascinated and repulses like no other. Cannibalism. One human being eating another human being. We know that it has happened. We know that it continues to happen, in those shadowy backwater places of the globe where modern sentiment has yet to penetrate, and in those deepest, darkest, most secretive parts of the human psyche. But we are not content simply to acknowledge it. We must study it, explain it. Quantify it, if possible.
File this one under the latter: Thanks to the scholarship of modern scientists, we now know that not only did the indigenous peoples in the ancient Americas practice cannibalism, we know HOW they did it. Turns out there were different preferred ways to prepare human flesh for eating. Bones recovered from Mesoamerican sites, displaying clear evidence of butchering and having been cooked, appear to fall into one of two categories. Some were boiled and some were grilled. It seems the blood, when exposed to the differences in heat between the two manners of preparation, contributed to the bones taking on certain coloration. Likewise, scientists can even tell which spices were added to the mixture for flavoring! Anybody hungry?