MEXICO CITY — Mexican archaeologists talked about Monday they’ve found a cave at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza with offerings of about 200 ceramic vessels in virtually untouched scenario.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History talked about the vessels appear up to now once more to spherical AD 1000 and comprise bone fragments and burnt offering provides which may be being analyzed.
Archaeologist Guillermo de Anda talked about exploration of the cave began in 2018 after native Maya residents knowledgeable experts about it.
It turned out the cave had been discovered, nevertheless apparently not completely explored, by locals about 50 years earlier. They knowledgeable an archaeologist about it then, nevertheless he ordered it sealed — perhaps to protect it — and solely issued a fast report that was mainly forgotten in authorities archives.
The 155 ceramic braziers and incense burners found by the experts bear the likeness of Tlaloc, the rain god of central Mexico. The Mayas moreover had their very personal rain god, Chaac and may have imported Tlaloc from completely different pre-Hispanic cultures. There have been moreover clay containers and completely different vessels. The crew plans to go away all of the objects throughout the cave.
De Anda talked about historic Mayas wanted to crawl on their bellies by the terribly slim cave to deposit the offerings inside a quantity of larger, elevated chambers. The offerings have been apparently meant to ask for rain.
The cave, known as Balamku, is about 1.7 miles east of the first pyramid of Kukulkan, additionally referred to as El Castillo, “The Castle.”
De Anda and his crew are exploring Chichen Itza to find out the routes and web sites of its underground water system. A sequence of sinkhole lakes known as cenotes are seen on the ground of the Chichen Itza web site, nevertheless there are completely different, undiscovered water web sites beneath the pyramids, patios and temples.
De Anda talked about experts have crawled a quantity of hundred yards into the cave, which in areas is solely 16 inches (40 centimeters) tall, in hopes of discovering the connection to a cenote cave believed to lie beneath the pyramid of Kukulkan.
“Let’s hope this leads us there. That is part of the reason why we are entering these sites, to find a connection to the cenote under the Castillo,” De Anda talked about.