Dis­cov­ery of un­touched Mayan cave

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

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

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