Mexico finds water tunnels under Pakal tomb in Palenque

July 25, 2016 by Mark Stevenson
In this March 10, 2008 file photo, journalists appear silhouetted against a Mayan temple, before covering the meeting of 'Indigenous People to Heal Our Mother Earth'' in Palenque, Mexico. Archaeologists at Palenque have discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of Inscriptions, which houses the tomb of Mayan ruler Pakal. Archaeologists believe the tunnels were built to give Pakal's spirit a path to the underworld. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)

Archaeologists at the Mayan ruin site of Palenque said Monday they have discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of Inscriptions, which houses the tomb of an ancient ruler named Pakal.

Archaeologist Arnoldo Gonzalez says researchers believe the tomb and pyramid were purposely built atop a spring between 683 and 702 AD. The tunnels led water from under the funeral chamber out into the broad esplanade in front of the temple, thus giving Pakal's spirit a path to the underworld.

Attention has focused on the heavily carved stone sarcophagus in which Pakal was buried, and which some erroneously believe depict the Maya ruler seated at the controls of a spaceship.

But Gonzalez said Monday that carvings on a pair of stone ear plugs found in the grave say a god "will guide the dead toward the underworld, by submerging (them) into the water so they will be received there."

Pakal, in other words, didn't fly off into space; he went down the drain. "There is nothing to do with spaceships," Gonzalez said.

The tunnel, which connects to another, is made of stone and is about two feet (60 centimeters) wide and tall.

The director of archaeology for the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Pedro Sanchez Nava, said the theory makes sense in light of other pre-Hispanic peoples such as those who lived at Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, where another water tunnel was found.

"In both cases there was a water current present," said Sanchez Nava. "There is this allegorical meaning for ... where the cycle of life begins and ends."

The dig began in 2012, when researchers become concerned about underground anomalies detected with geo-radar under the area in front of the pyramid's steps.

Fearing a hole or geological fault that could cause the pyramid to settle or collapse, they dug at the spot—and uncovered three layers of carefully fitted stone covering the top of the tunnel.

Gonzalez said the same type of three-layered stone covering has been found in the floor of Pakal's tomb, within the pyramid.

Gonzalez said he believes there is no shaft or connection between the tomb and the tunnel, but adds the conduit hasn't been fully explored yet because it is too small to crawl through.

Researchers had to send a robot with a camera down to view much of the underground horizontal shaft.

Author Erich von Daniken suggested in his 1968 book "Chariots of the Gods?" that Pakal's position in the engraving on the sarcophagus lid resembled the position of astronauts, and he appeared to be seated in a contraption with flames coming out of it and controls.

Experts say that the "flames" are in fact depictions of the Maya's "World Tree" or "Tree of Life," whose roots were believed to reach into the underworld.

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Stannous_Flouride
3.7 / 5 (6) Jul 26, 2016
Why would you even mention the charlatan von Daniken? He was an atrocious fraud whose nonsense was dismissed at the time by countless scientists.
His name should be forgotten in the mists of time and be as obscure a footnote as Charles Dawson, the perpetrator of the Piltdown Man hoax.
baudrunner
1.7 / 5 (6) Jul 26, 2016
But Gonzalez said Monday that carvings on a pair of stone ear plugs found in the grave say a god "will guide the dead toward the underworld, by submerging (them) into the water so they will be received there."
Oh, yeah? All that - carved, no less - on a pair of ear plugs? Nonsense.

From another source: http://www.crysta...rse.html
The widely accepted interpretation of the lid is that Pakal is descending into Xibalba, the Maya underworld. Around the edges of the lid are glyphs representing the Sun, the Moon, Venus, and various constellations, locating this event in the nighttime sky.
"Experts"? "accepted interpretation"? In fact, this is the first that I have heard of this theory. I suggest that readers study the lid and come to their own conclusions. I am convinced that the 43% of Americans who believe that the world is 6,000 years old are active in their subversion of any evidence pertaining to ancient astronaut theory.
baudrunner
1.7 / 5 (6) Jul 26, 2016
Furthermore, I am sick and tired of archeologists and so-called "experts" ascribing religious significance to every damned ancient artifact and archeological site that they encounter.

I'll bet none of those 43% have actually read their precious bible with an open mind. They should start with the book of Revelation. The revelation is: DO NOT TRUST ANY GOD lest ye be sacrificed for their lustful and evil ends
john berry_hobbes
3.7 / 5 (3) Jul 26, 2016
Until you know how to read Koine Greek and understand Persian literature, you do not have a clue what that book even says. It was written in the late first century and talks about Rome. The beast sitting on seven hills? Rome. Clothed in scarlet? Roman imperial color. Seven heads, one of which had killed itself? The seven bad emperors, with Nero as the Dead Head. The imagery, though, is strictly Persian.

Originally those kind of Zoroastrian influenced texts were numerous, but when Constantine formalized it as a vehicle of state control, he wanted things like the Apocalypse of Moses and the Fourth Book of Baruch left out because he was afraid they'd be misunderstood. Apocalypse is one of the only bits- only entire book- left, and guess what? Old Connie was right!

It's literature melded into a vehicle of state control. It's not prophecy. Never was meant that way. You're officially more stupid than a first century uneducated peasant.
jsdarkdestruction
5 / 5 (1) Aug 01, 2016
I have done as baudrunner asked. I don't see any evidence its some kind of spaceship. Even trying to see it I was unable to see how anyone could think it was a spaceship.

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