Deep beneath the Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent at Teotihuacan, Mexico, a 340-foot-long tunnel had been coated in a metallic powder that, when illuminated by torches, glittered like the starry night sky. Sealed almost 2000 years ago, and discovered in 2003, archaeologists have now completed their excavations of the tunnel, finding over 50,000 artifacts… and burial chambers they believe no one has entered since they were originally sealed. This could shed light on who built the awe-inspiring temple city, its origins shrouded in mystery and abandoned centuries before the Aztec found it. The Aztec named it Teotihuacan, which can mean “birthplace of the gods” in their Nahuatl language, although this interpretation is one of many.
The team are already planning to enter the chambers soon. Will they find royal burials? Or ancient aliens? Exciting times for Mexican archaeology! You can view photos of the site, with some of the artifacts, here. Archaeology Magazine also has a terrific feature on the thousands of years of history and mythology that lies buried beneath the streets of modern Mexico.
Via the Telegraph UK.