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Archaeologists have found an underground tunnel that they think was made to imitate the underworld. They found the tunnel underneath the structure of a pyramid at Teotihuacan in Mexico. Scans taken electronically at the ancient city have shown the huge extent of the mystery tunnel.
Archaeologist Veronica Ortega, who was one of the people involved in the discovery, said that the finding of the mystery tunnel had given confirmation that the Teotihuacan’s had reproduced the same type of pattern of tunnels that was associated with great monuments, with the function of emulating the underworld.
Tunnel Buried 10 Meters Below Pyramid Extending Underground To Central Square
She said that the tunnel was hidden 10 meters below the structure of the pyramid and it extends from the Pyramid of the Moon, which happens to be the biggest structure that is located at the site, and onto the central square. Ortega went on to say that the whole function of the tunnel might have been for the reproduction of the underworld. This is said to be the world where animals, plants and other life had originated. She went on to say that it was entirely possible that it had been used for rituals and possibly used as part of ceremonies for celebrating the cycles of agriculture.
The archaeologists have said that the next step is going to be for them to go into the tunnel so that it can be explored close up. The researchers are now hopeful that the tunnel has been looted already; a previous tunnel that had been found at the site had suffered from looting.
Teotihuacan Means Place Where Gods Were Created
Teotihuacan is located to the north of Mexico City, and the meaning of the word is “The place where Gods were created”. It is thought that it might have held a population of more than 125,000 people at one point in time. It is said to have been built during the first, and the seventh centuries and then in 550AD it was abandoned. It is thought that the site was used for making human sacrifices as human remains have been found at the site.
The tunnel was first found in June, but details of the finding have only just been made public in Mexico City by the National Institute of Anthropology and History.