Underground Tunnel Discovered At The Pyramid Of The Moon!
July 17, 2017
Archaeologists find a secret tunnel hidden beneath Mexico’s Pyramid of the Moon near the ancient city of Teotihuacan.
PYRAMID OF THE MOON
The Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest pyramid in modern-day San Juan Teotihuacán, Mexico. Built between 1 and 350 AD through successive stages, the Pyramid grew to forty six meter (150 feet) high with a base of 168 meters (550 feet) square. A Pyramid structure at the south side provides a steep stairway up to the clouds. The Pyramid of the Moon was a primarily religious and sacrificial center.
WHAT IS THE NEW DISCOVERY?
Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (NIAH) in Mexico used an imaging technique called electrical resistivity tomography to find the secret tunnel that sits about 10 metres (33 feet) underground and is thought to represent a pathway to the underworld, giving us new insight into the culture and rituals of the Teotihuacan people.
WHAT DOES IT SIGNIFY?
It’s thought that the people of Teotihuacan saw the underworld as the place where plants, food, and life itself originated which is why this underground realm would be very important to those living on the surface. The pre-Hispanic Teotihuacan civilisation existed between the 1st and 8th centuries AD, around 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Mexico City, but there’s a lot not known about these people and why their community vanished abruptly.
The ruins of Teotihuacan obviously have plenty of secrets left to reveal. More traces of burials and offerings have been found around the Pyramid of the Moon than the other pyramids, so researchers think there could be a lot to explore in the new tunnel. Now the NIAH team needs to decide whether or not to excavate this site. Opening up the tunnel could reveal a bigger network of passages, and possibly the remains of the ancient city’s elite rulers.