Discovery of untouched Mayan cave
Archaeologists hunting for a sacred well beneath the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula have accidentally discovered a trove of more than 150 ritual objects—untouched for more than a thousand years—in a series of cave chambers that may hold clues to the rise and fall of the ancient Maya.
The discovery of the cave system, known as Balamku or ‘Jaguar God,’ was made by farmers in 1966, and was then visited by archaeologist Víctor Segovia Pinto, who reported the presence of an extensive amount of archaeological material. But instead of excavating the site, Segovia then directed the farmers to seal up the entrance, and all records of the discovery of the cave seemed to vanish.
Fifty years later it was rediscovered by a team of investigators from the Great Maya Aquifer Project during their search for the water table beneath Chichén Itzá.
Inside the Jaguar Cave