Herodotus Returns

Tunnel found beneath Teotihuacan may lead to lost tombs
August 9, 2010, 7:58 pm
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A long, branching tunnel found beneath the once-opulent ancient Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan may lead to the tombs of the city’s royals, which have never been found.

Experts say a tomb discovery would be significant because the social structure of Teotihuacan remains a mystery after nearly 100 years of archaeological exploration at the site, which is best known for the towering Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun.

No depiction of a ruler, or the tomb of a monarch, has ever been found, setting the metropolis apart from other pre-Hispanic cultures that deified their rulers.

Archaeologists had suspected the hidden tunnel was there after a heavy rainstorm in 2003 caused the ground to sink at the foot of the Temple of Quetzacoatl, in the central ceremonial area of the ruins just north of Mexico City.

More on the tunnel beneath Teotihuacan.