Hidden chambers found under Teotihuacan
November 3, 2014 | 15 comments
The ancient city of Teotihuacan. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Carlitos Alonso Caballero Vallejo
Archaeologists excavating a subterranean tunnel below the ancient city have unearthed three new chambers.
Teotihuacan, a mysterious mountain city located in Mexico, has yielded little to explain its past and origins. Thought to date back around 2,000 years, the city was built by a people who did not have a textual writing system meaning that there are very few records of who they were or what their civilization might have been like.
Last year however archaeologists excavating a passageway below the Temple of the Feathered Serpent succeeded in unearthing two previously undiscovered chambers on either side of the tunnel.
The find helped to spur on further excavations at the site and this week researchers have revealed that a further three chambers have been found connected to the previous two.
The new rooms contain thousands of valuable artefacts including intricate carved statues and a carved wooden box filled with seashells. Experts believe that the site could also be home to a burial chamber containing the remains of someone who was of great importance to the people of the age.
"It's very exciting because it corroborates our hypothesis that this could be an offering for something more important that lies beneath," said excavation project director Sergio Gomez. "And the hypothesis is that there is a burial site but we won’t know for sure until next year."
Source: Scientific American
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