Teotihuacan: a new secret tunnel detected under the pyramid of the Moon


The Mexican experts have detected the presence of an unsuspected tunnel near the pyramid of the Moon, one of the emblematic monuments of the site of Teotihuacan in Mexico.

Enigmatic galleries.

An unknown underground passage was identified near the Moon Pyramid on the site of Teotihuacan, the ancient City of the Gods in Mexico. Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) discovered its presence between the Place de la Lune, a small esplanade, and the imposing monument of the same name, thanks to measurements of electrical resistivity tomography carried out at the beginning of June 2017, as announced on July 5, 2017, the archaeologist of Inah, Veronica Ortega, director of the  Integrated Conservation Project Plaza de la Luna . This corridor was located about ten meters below the surface.

These finds confirm that the pyramid of the Moon, as much as that of the Sun and the temple of Quetzalcoatl, known as the Feathered Serpent, all had subterranean galleries! In the 1970s, the first of these corridors was found looted under the Sun pyramid. Closer to us, the temple of Quetzalcoatl or the Feathered Serpent, has kept its promises with the discovery of strong archaeological treasures. Located 12 meters deep, sealed between 200 and 250 CE, this tunnel accidentally revealed by Sergio Gomez (Inah) under the stepped building studied from 2009 to 2016, was full of thousands of rich offerings, statuettes in jades, ceramics, And shells , not to mention the “ Astonishing presence of mercury in the bowels of the monument. However, no royal tomb was encountered.

Other false hopes about these leaders had already been raised in 1998, when the same building, which had just been marked with a new misconception, was discovered at the time in the foundations of the pyramid of the Moon. There, in narrow casings, had been cleared the remains of sacrificed individuals. Four men stretched out on the ground, arms tied behind their backs surrounded by prestigious offerings: figurines, shells, conchs, bones of jaguars and falcons, but also quantities objects referring to the war, such as obsidian blades and Arrowheads. Some victims wore a nasal ornament in the shape of a butterfly.

the temple of the Feathered Serpent
the temple of the Feathered Serpent

Located 50 kilometers north-east of Mexico City, Teotihuacan is a World Heritage Site. Populated at its apogee of about 100,000 souls, the pre-Columbian city was between 200 and 700 of our era, the largest urban center of Mesoamerica. Its architectural plan was organized around the Miccaotli , an Alley of the Dead, dominated to the north by the pyramid of the Moon, and halfway by that of the Sun, one of the largest in the world. To the south, the Citadel, enclosed the temple of the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcóatl. The reasons for its mysterious abandonment around 700, long before the arrival of the Aztecs, which will only take place in the 14th century, have not yet been elucidated. Neither the origin of its builders clarified. The site of Teotihuacan remains an enigma.