Secret tunnel discovered beneath Aztec pyramids reveals an ancient civilization lost for 6 centuries
Secret tunnels have for long, mesmerized civilizations throughout centuries leading to some amazing discoveries. The Mayan and Aztec civilizations of Mexico have always baffled archaeologists and historians as discoveries related to these have always been elusive. The civilization of Teotihuacan city especially, which existed near Mexico City during 400 AD has always existed in theory and paper but the actual location was never discovered.
But, now a fascinating breakthrough has excited the archaeological fraternity worldwide, as a secret tunnel discovered beneath Aztec Pyramids has revealed a pathway into this amazing civilization and the ruins of Teotihuacan.
1 The Thriving Civilization of Teotihuacan Has Always Been a Mystery
The ancient city and civilization of Teotihuacan consisted of a population of approximately 200,000 people. It was one of the most prominent and influential cities in the entire region. You could well say, it was one of the happening places of Mesoamerican culture in 400 AD. However, disaster struck the city whose reason is still uncertain. Come AD 750, and the once thriving city was just a bunch of ruins. It had been abandoned and subsequently became a ghost town.
What is significant about the tunnel leading to the ruins is that, finally archaeologists and historians will be able to put together pieces of the puzzle that was Teotihuacan and what brought about the end of a civilization. Historians have finally found a way to probe into the enigma of the incredible Teotihuacan civilization.
2 Who Destroyed Teotihuacan and Where Was It Located?
Teotihuacan was actually discovered by the Aztecs in the year 1300, after it had been abandoned for almost six centuries. It was the Aztecs who named it Teotihuacan, which means “the city of the God”. A prominent feature of the city was its wide boulevard around which the city was built. This was named the avenue of the dead. The heart of the city contained a huge 213 foot Sun Temple.
For reasons unknown, it seems that Teotihuacan was plundered by external invaders several times who even burned parts of the city. Historians are of the belief that the city and civilization could have been ravaged by civil war. Till the discovery of the secret tunnel beneath Aztec Pyramids, historians lacked information about the city relating to language, its founders and administration. But the tunnel has changed all that.
3 Finally A Sinkhole Reveals Something Fascinating, A Secret Tunnel!
Archaeologists had been persistently exploring the area for clues and means to locate the ancient city for the last 13 years. It was a stroke of good fortune that in 2003, a huge sinkhole opened up beneath one of the Pyramids named ‘Temple of the Plumed Serpent’ located in the area. Archaeologist Sergio Gomez of Mexico’s Institute of Anthropology then did the unthinkable. He actually got himself lowered into the pitch black darkness and when he touched ground he found something amazing.
He found the tunnel which would lead to the ruins of Teotihuacan. The Tunnel was 330 feet long running right up to the center of the Sun Temple. The reason for the ruins remaining elusive was also found; boulders had closed up the main entrance to the city around 1800 years ago.
4 Antechambers Full Of Treasure and Important Artifacts
Since 2003, Gomez and his entire team have been busy excavating the site, removing tons of earth and cataloging the fascinating discovery. The entire find was a revelation with a mammoth 75,000 artifacts that were excavated. These included pottery, jewelry, bones and seashells. The most overwhelming discovery was the revelation of a hidden treasure chamber which had various antechambers all filled with priceless stones, jewelry, necklaces, statues carved from black stone and dozens of valuable artifacts. Gomez and his team felt that the chamber was a burial tomb of sorts.
5 Excavation still continuing
The remarkable discovery of a tunnel beneath Aztec Pyramids has excited the entire archaeological world because Gomez and his team are still not done. The team works painstakingly as there are still vast stretches to be excavated. Even till now, there are three more chambers, yet to be unlocked and ultimately the secrets of Teotihuacan will finally be unlocked and revealed to humanity.