The Coatlicue monolith was discovered during renovations to the Zócalo, a plaza to the southwest of Templo Mayor. It was discovered along with the Sun Stone, which—interestingly enough—includes Tlaltecuhtli attributes in its imagery. The Yolotlicue monument was found closer to Templo Mayor, which led some scholars to believe that the two originally flanked the Temple of Huitzilopotchli.[11] This is a valid assumption as the two monuments are so large it would only make sense that they would be directly associated with something as important as Templo Mayor. The fact that the Yolotlicue exhibits so much natural namage whereas the Coatlicue is in almost perfect shape makes it appear is if the Yolotlicue was left in its original location for a longer period time than the Coatlicue, which appears to have been buried earlier. If the two truly were pieces of a larger set, perhaps they were oriented along a north to south axis as the two monuments were found on the same street. The Tlaltecuhtli figure was found further to the southwest of Coatlicue and Yolotlicue. This figure is not as large as the Coatlicue and perhaps did not hold as much importance as to be near the Templo Mayor  


[11] Boone, "The 'Coatlicues,'" 192.