The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The path to the underworld of the ancient inhabitants at the Mexican archaeological site Teotihuacan, a tunnel of 103 meters, has begun to reveal its secrets with the discovery of more than 50,000 underground offerings for those moving on to the next realm.
Imagery by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has given scientists a look at what lies beneath the temple.
“The findings are remarkable and allow us to revise our ideas about Teotihuacan,” said Mexican archaeologist, Sergio Gomez, in a press conference about the tunneling that’s remained hidden for nearly 1,800 years.
The tunnel under the Temple of Quetzalcoatl is about 18 feet deep and it was originally discovered in 2003, but it took nine years for experts to reach the end, after manually extracting some 950 tons of earth and stones that the Teotihuacan used to seal the road, which represented the road to the underworld for this culture.
The excavations were accomplished through geo-radar, laser scanners and two robots, Tlaloc Tlaloque I and II, which were built by Hugo Guerra, a student of Mechatronics at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).
The tunnel starts at 15 meters deep, but drops to 18 meters at the end, where there are three cameras which found the ceremonial offerings.
In total, there are more than 50,000 pieces of all kinds, including jade stones, shells and conches, ceramics, sculptures and various figures, seeds of various plants, rubber balls, bones of birds and cats, and wooden objects, all still in perfect condition.
Gomez said that carbon-14 dating has determined that this underground passage ran from early AD to the year 250 before the Citadel of Teotihuacan was built.
According to the mythology of Teotihuacan, the most important rites were conducted underground, because it was there that the Feathered Serpent recovered human bones, gave birth to men, and time began.
Gomez hopes to find remains of rulers or others with high political hierarchy. “That’s just a hypothesis we hope to confirm,” he said.
There is still about two meters of rock and dirt that must be removed to get to the bottom. (Crhoy)
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica