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....
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.. they think they will found bodies of ancient Teotihuacan leaders... the 5 bodies show in the Teotihuacan museum right now found 80 years ago have an elongated head and are of more than 1.90 mters tall.
Remember Teotihuacan means the city of the Gods. (anunnakies)
I'm curios to see what they will found... that tunnel is one of the oldest constructions on the area.
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