Sunday, November 2, 2014

Teotihuacan tunnel

From a site located roughly 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Mexico City are emerging thousands of sacred objects leading archaeologists to believe they have discovered the entrance to a royal burial chamber. The 1,800-year-old tunnel beneath the ancient city of Teotihuacan is being excavated by remote-control robots and human researchers. They are hoping the wooden and obsidian artifacts – an estimated 50,000 of them – will provide clues about how the priests and rulers conceived the underworld, especially in the absence of written records. Archaeologist Sergio Gomez of Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute is confident he and his colleagues will find a royal tomb at the end of the tunnel: "Due to the magnitude of the offerings that we've found, it can't be in any other place."

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