Researchers have reported discovering secret tunnels and a cavity located beneath an ancient pyramid in Mexico’s city of Teotihuacan, believed to have been used as an underworld for ritual’s in ancient times.
Archaeologists have revealed that the mysterious tunnels beneath the Pyramid of the Moon are a ‘passageway to the underworld’ and could house unexplained deformed skulls, among other strange objects.
The ancient city of Teotihuacan is believed to have been established around 100 BC, lasting until its fall between the seventh and eight centuries.
The ancient city—whose original name remains a mystery—is thought to have been one of the largest cities in the ancient world, and one of the most incredible in Mesoamerica.
The city, home to the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the moon, the so-called ‘Ciudadela‘ as well as a massive street called the Avenue of the Dead, is evidence of an extremely developed ancient civilization that lived there thousands of years ago.
Its buildes—who have not yet been identified—possessed great knowledge in Mathematics, Geology, Astronomy, and Engineering.
Did you know? The Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza and the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan apparently have the same base almost 750 feet square.
The Pyramid of the Sun is exactly half as tall as the Pyramid of Giza and the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Moon, and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl are in the same layout as Orion’s Belt.
Now, experts continue to unravel incredible secrets that have remained hidden for millennia.
Archaeologists say that the discovery of the secret tunnels and the chamber are the result of an ongoing study that began in 2017 when experts used electrical resistivity around the Pyramid of the Moon.
The Pyramid of the Moon, located in the northern part of the Avenue of the Dead was built in seven stages, explain researchers.
The first stage commenced around 100 BC, and the Pyramid was further developed until 450 AD when the last stage of the Pyramid was built.
The Pyramid of the Moon was named by the Ancient Mexica (Aztecs) who discovered the city centuries after it was abandoned.
The discovery was detailed by investigators of the National Institute of Anthropology and History who focused on a ritual space linked to the ‘underworld.’
“Previous explorations found skeletons of individuals with cranial deformation, as in the Mayan area, and diverse greenstone objects (necklaces, anthropomorphic figures made with mosaics), so it is not difficult to think that something similar could be found in the subsoil,” explained Veronica Ortega, the director of the Project of Integral Conservation of Plaza de la Luna, the central square at Teotihuacan.
Experts have revealed that the new tunnels were discovered at a depth of around eight meters beneath the surface.
The tunnel is located to the south of the Plaza de la Luna, but it is likely that there is another entrance to the east side,” Ortega added.
Studying the cavity which most likely served as a chamber in ancient times, will allow archaeologists to determine the connections that Teotihuacan had with other regions of Meso America.
“What’s found inside could help to unravel the relationships that this ancient metropolis had with other regions of Mesoamerica,” Ortega said.
Previously, experts said that the underground tunnels were most likely associated with sacred flows of water and the underworld.
“The discovery would confirm that the inhabitants of Teotihuacan followed the same pattern in their large-scale temples and that their function would be to emulate the underworld,” explained Ortega after a previous find.