April 24, 2015
New Mysterious Finds in Teotihuacan Tunnel
INAH archaeologist Sergio Gomez has found a surprise at the tunnel underneath Teotihuacan’s Pyrmaid of the Plumed Serpent. They have found a large quantity of mercury at the end of the tunnel sealed for 1,800 years. Maybe it was placed there as a symbolic underworld river or lake. Merecury has been found at a few Maya sites. They are still very slowly tunneling to three chambers which may hold the resting place of an elusive Teotihuacan king. Gomez has been excavating there for 6 years, and is slowed by humidity, mud, and now potential mercury poisoning. Linda Manzanilla doubts there was ever a single king, but a ruling council, given the lack of a single palace or depictions of kings in any Teo murals. The excavation should be complete by October.
Business Insider has the story here, and more reports of this find will be popping up online.
Mike Ruggeri’s Teotihuacan; City of the Gods Magazine
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