An underground expedition that was going on for years inside a tunnel sealed for more than 2,000 years has unearthed some fascinating insights into the Teotihuacan civilization. Mexican archaeologists, who have barely scratched the surface of the inner tunnels, have come across three hidden chambers deep within the labyrinth.
An excavation at the ancient city of Teotihuacan has yielded thousands of relics, and the discovery of three chambers that could hold more important finds, exclaimed Mexican archaeologists. Project leader Sergio Gomez confirmed researchers recently reached the end of the long and winding 340-foot (103-meter) tunnel after meticulously working their way down its length. During their descent, the archaeologists have come across a variety of clay articles, seeds, and animal bones.
However, two of the most significant findings include a large arrangement of “offerings” near the entrance to the chambers, at a depth of 59 feet (18 meters) below the Temple of the Plumed Serpent and the entrance to three hidden chambers, reported Scientific American. The finding suggests that the burial site could be a tomb of the city’s influential and elite, said Gomez.
“Because this is one of the most sacred places in all Teotihuacan, we believe that it could have been used for the rulers to… acquire divine endowment allowing them to rule on the surface,”
These findings are exceptional mainly because unlike at other pre-Columbian ruins in Mexico, archaeologists have never found any remains believed to belong to Teotihuacan’s rulers, reported Fox News. Such discoveries should help enlighten archaeologists about the leadership structure of the city. Researchers are still clueless if the rule was hereditary or not.
Teotihuacan has dominated central Mexico. At the height of the civilization, between 100 B.C. and A.D. 750, it is believed to have been home to more than 100,000 people. However, evidence suggests the entire civilization was abnormally abandoned before the rise of the Aztecs in the 14th century.
Interestingly, the Teotihuacan archeological dig site, on the outskirts of Mexico City is a major crowd-puller, with tourists thronging to the site to get a glimpse of this long-lost civilization. Included in the cultural peculiarities and the mystery surrounding the Teotihuacan civilization are broad avenues and massive pyramids.
As for the three secret chambers, archeologists are being extra careful, and so far Gomez’s team has excavated only about 2 feet (60 centimeters) into the chambers. Gomez speculates a full-fledged excavation and cataloging of the artifacts found within will take at least one more year.
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