MEXICO: Whose Bones?

When the National Museum's greying Eulalia Guzmán announced in the backwoods village of Ixcateopan that "the remains of the last emperor of the Aztecs have been found" (TIME, Oct. 10), all Mexico went wild. Nearly every town in the country held a special fiesta; on Columbus Day, Dia de la Raza, the discoverer was nearly forgotten in the flowery eulogies of Cuauhtemoc, last chief of the discovered.

Though the government set up a commission to investigate the find, hardly anyone doubted its authenticity. The Bank of Mexico's research laboratories announced that the documents which led to...

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