Tunnel found under temple in Mexico

May 30, 2011

Researchers found a tunnel under the Temple of the Snake in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, about 28 miles northeast of Mexico City.

The tunnel had apparently been sealed off around 1,800 years ago.

Researchers of Mexico's National University made the finding with a radar device. Closer study revealed a "representation of the underworld," in the words of archaeologist Sergio Gomez Chavez, of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Experts found "a route of symbols, whose conclusion appears to lie in the funeral chambers at the end of the tunnel."

The structure is 15 yards beneath the ground, and it runs eastwards. It is about 130 yards long.

"At the end, there are several chambers which could hold the remains of the rulers of that Mesoamerican civilization. If confirmed, it will be one of the most important of the 21st century on a global scale," Gomez Chavez said late Thursday.

Teotihuacan, with its huge of the Sun and the Moon, its palaces, temples, homes, workshops, markets and avenues, is the largest pre-Hispanic city in . It reached its zenith in the years 300-600 AD.

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InsaniD
3.4 / 5 (5) May 30, 2011
"...If confirmed, it will be one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 21st century on a global scale..."

Ok - going to keep us guessing? Why on earth would a 130 yard long tunnel be important on a global scale? Or is this just a bunch of hype?
Sean_W
2.3 / 5 (6) May 30, 2011
It is possible that they are a tad over exuberant in describing the importance of the find (though maybe not - I'll wait and see) but over all it seems like a good article and a fascinating story. I can't wait to learn more about it.
Bog_Mire
May 30, 2011
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Bigbomb654
2.3 / 5 (3) May 30, 2011
My money is on the discovery then genetic testing of the human remains in that chamber leading to uncovering very European genes in those early rulers, possibly solidifying the truth behind there myths of being founded by blond haired, blue-eyed white men from the sky..../turns back to Ancient Aliens on the History Channel. lol.
InsaniD
5 / 5 (2) May 30, 2011
... but over all it seems like a good article and a fascinating story.


No disrespect, but I beg to differ. If this story is touting the "greatest 21st century discovery", then the article is incomplete without the reason *why*.
Remember basic journalism 101? The 5 "W's"; Who, What, Where, When, Why...
They forgot the "Why"...
DrSmallberries
4.3 / 5 (6) May 30, 2011
Teotihuacan was considered ancient when the Aztecs "found" it; it's several orders of magnitude older than 300 AD. Indeed, it was considered an incredibly old, spooky place that the Aztecs called, "Place where the gods were made" (Tiotihuacan). If you'd like a clue to its real age, look at how it lines up with current north-south. The ancients were fanatics about astronomy and alignments ("as above, so below"), so they made certain they lined this puppy up with the then-current north-south line. See how far off it is? Measure the angle and track how long it's taken the pole to wander to its current position and you'll come to how ludicrous our current dating conventions are. Oh, and not everything undergound is a "tomb," Jesus (so to speak). Shades of Zahi Hawass.
fmfbrestel
5 / 5 (1) May 31, 2011
The tunnel had apparently been sealed off around 1,800 years ago.

If the tunnel has actually been sealed for 1,800 years, this really could be amazing. 99.99% of discoveries like this involve archaeologists discovering stuff left behind by looters. But if that tunnel has actually been sealed for 1,800 years, it could really contain untold historical treasures.

I don't get the point of this article though, why go through the trouble and process of trying to tease your announcement? So, I am withholding judgement until a REAL announcement is made.
Husky
not rated yet May 31, 2011
it only will be amazing when they put a shovel in the dirt and confirm that it was not sacked long long long ago by graverobbers
feanor1600
5 / 5 (1) May 31, 2011
Pics or it didn't happen
tony_scharf
4.8 / 5 (4) May 31, 2011
THIS IS A JOB FOR GERALDO RIVERA!!
pleiades33
1 / 5 (1) May 31, 2011
I believe it is obvious that this is where the Pleidans stored their space craft after moving from Egypt following the war there. May scienticts have theorized that it will be found in Aztec. Aztec are believe to be from genetic experimentations and the DNA studies may prove this finally;
Madwriter1970
5 / 5 (4) May 31, 2011
>>Why on earth would a 130 yard long tunnel be important on a global scale?<

Archaeologically speaking. One guess is that considering how much of Aztec writing and how many religious artifacts were destroyed by the Spaniards, an intact tunnel could potentially provide more information about their beliefs and possibly history than the last few decades' worth of excavations. Particularly if it really does date back 1800 years; much of what remains is from a far later period.
Sinister1811
1 / 5 (5) May 31, 2011
It's fascinating that they would build such an enormous underground tunnel just for burial. I wonder what other hidden artifacts/curiosities could be found within this tunnel. Certainly worthy of further exploration.
LindaPP
not rated yet May 31, 2011
Add "SO FAR" to the comment about the 21st century; otherwise the comment is be pure hucksterism. Even with the modification, it's a lot of hot air.
stevecano
not rated yet May 31, 2011
They'll come to realize, it was just another drug tunnel.
Bog_Mire
1 / 5 (1) May 31, 2011
pointless verbage
drpep58
not rated yet May 31, 2011
This was very interesting news when I first heard of it MONTHS ago. I would have hoped that by now there would be something of a schedule for when the tunnel would be opened. I am very surprised it has not already been done. Must be one hell of a siesta going on down there.
phome
not rated yet Jun 01, 2011
Its easy to call it the most significant find in the 21st century considering we're only a little more than 11 years into it.
Ina_
not rated yet Jun 01, 2011
This is old news. A whole video on msnbc dot com. Can't add link because of the spam filter lol And yes, it's a very important discovery, because the archaeology lack the finding of new intact places. Most of them have been aready found or already robbed.
Ina_
not rated yet Jun 01, 2011
Oh, I forgot the main point: the Teotihuacan Pyramid was considered just a temple. A tunnel leading to a tomb is indeed a huge discovery. ;)
jjoensuu
not rated yet Jun 02, 2011
Teotihuacan was considered ancient when the Aztecs "found" it; it's several orders of magnitude older than 300 AD.


so DrSmallberries u have any links to any sources containing further details about this?
jcchile
5 / 5 (1) Jun 02, 2011
I'm afraid this is an OLD story... they say the tunnel was discovered on 2003, and let the world know about it on past year.
Here's the original video with extra info:
tinyurl.com/34v3o57
tkjtkj
5 / 5 (1) Jun 04, 2011
"...If confirmed, it will be one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 21st century on a global scale..."

Ok - going to keep us guessing? Why on earth would a 130 yard long tunnel be important on a global scale? Or is this just a bunch of hype?


Perhaps try reading the story again: its not the tunnel, its what's at the END of it .. possibly tombs of ancient rulers, perhaps filled with devices, artifacts, writings, that could answer many questions .. This predates the Spanish influence!
Truly a great discovery is probable.
paymanz
Jun 05, 2011
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