Tunnel under Sun pyramid on Teotihuacan found!!

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PostWed Aug 04, 2010 5:19 pm » by Savwafair2012


A tunnel under Sun pyramid on Teotihuacan found, it was intentionally sealed 250 AD

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Archeologists suspected the existence of a hidden tunnel after a heavy rainstorm in 2003 caused the ground to sink at the foot of the Temple of Quetzacoatl. They reached the roof of the tunnel last month, 12 metres below the surface. (Alexandre Meneghini/Associated Press)

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Teotihuacan, Mexico - A long-sealed tunnel has been found under the ruins of Teotihuacan and chambers that seem to branch off it may hold the tombs of some of the ancient city's early rulers, archaeologists said on Tuesday.

Experts say a tomb discovery would be significant because the social structure of Teotihuacan remains a mystery after nearly 100 years of archaeological exploration at the site, which is best known for the towering Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun.

No depiction of a ruler, or the tomb of a monarch, has ever been found, setting the metropolis apart from other pre-Hispanic cultures that deified their rulers.

Archaeologists had suspected the hidden tunnel was there after a heavy rainstorm in 2003 caused the ground to sink at the foot of the Temple of Quetzacoatl, in the central ceremonial area of the ruins just north of Mexico City.

Starting last year, they began digging, and after eight months of excavation, they reached the roof of the tunnel last month, 12m below the surface.

They lowered a small camera into the four-metre-wide corridor, which had been carved out of the rock early in Teotihuacan's history, and got the first glimpse of the space that they say was intentionally closed off between AD 200 and 250.

"I think the tunnel was the central element, the main element around which the rest of the ceremonial centre was built," archaeologist Sergio Gomez said. "This was the most sacred place."

The camera showed the tunnel appearing to extend about 37m before it is blocked by a wall or mound.

Ground-penetrating scanner images found the tunnel extends beyond the blockage and ends in a large chamber that measures 10m on each side, lying almost directly beneath the temple. Two smaller chambers appear on either side of the rough-hewn corridor.

All the signs point to it being a ruler's tomb, Gomez said, including the rich offerings tossed into the tunnel at the moment it was closed up: almost 50 000 objects of jade, stone, shell and pottery, including ceramic beakers of a kind never found before at the site.

"Up to now, every archaeologist who has worked in Teotihuacan has tried to find the tombs of the rulers," Gomez said.

"There is a high possibility that in this place, in the central chamber, we can find the remains of those who ruled Teotihuacan," he added.

The complex of pyramids, plazas, temples and avenues was once the centre of a city of more than 100 000 inhabitants and may have been the largest and most influential city in pre-Hispanic North America at the time.

Nearly 2 500 years after the city was founded - and about 2 100 years after the Teotihuacan culture began to flourish there - the identity of its rulers remains a mystery.


The city was built by a relatively little-known culture that reached its height between 100 BC and AD 750. It was abandoned by the time the Aztecs arrived in the area in the 1300s and gave it the name "Teotihuacan", which means "the place where men become gods".

Luis Barba, of the Anthropological Research Institute of Mexico's National Autonomous University, said that because there are no images, names or other references to rulers among Teotihuacan's rich murals and stone carvings, some experts suggest the city might have had a shared leadership, with rulers alternating between its four precincts.

"People have looked for these rulers for many years," Barba said. "Perhaps they will be found now. There is nothing to rule it out or make it impossible, but at this point, we have nothing."

Gomez said it will take at least two more months of digging before archaeologists can actually enter the tunnel. -

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PostThu Aug 05, 2010 11:19 am » by Dukettt


Please, let it be the tomb of Quetzalcoatl.
Oh man this is one of those days i would love to be a real arceologist and on the site ready to look inside! Great post!
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PostTue Oct 09, 2012 2:38 pm » by Spikey


Two years since the last post on this tunnel and chamber discovery...any news on what was found there since then?

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PostWed Oct 10, 2012 12:41 pm » by Dukettt


It was just some ancient kings weed stash...

Seriously, what happened...anyone?
Cos im too lazy to use google...
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PostWed Oct 10, 2012 6:05 pm » by Elnorel


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PostThu Oct 11, 2012 2:45 pm » by Poooooot


Spikey wrote:Two years since the last post on this tunnel and chamber discovery...any news on what was found there since then?

It seems they found "ceremonial offerings," such as clay pots, a mask ("similar to those found in the tombs of wealthy Maya rulers"), animal bones, and human figurines. They also found that other buildings had stood on the site before the pyramid was built.

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PostThu Oct 11, 2012 3:23 pm » by mediasorcery


What a shame the tomb robbers, i mean, archaelogists found only that lol?
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