Tunnel to Two Previously Unknown Chambers Found in Mexican Temple Mayor complex
Archaeologists have found a tunnel-like passageway that appears to lead to two sealed chambers in Mexico’s Templo Mayor complex.
It is the latest chapter in the search for the as-yet-undiscovered tomb of an Aztec ruler.
Leonardo López Luján, director of the last five seasons of excavations of the PTM, who announced the recent discovery of a tunnel 8.38 meters (27.5 feet) long, 45 centimeters (17.7 inches) wide, and a half meter (1.6 feet) tall, which leads to the center of the Cuauhxicalco: a circular structure in which, according to historical sources, the bodies of Tlatoanis (kings or speakers) were cremated.
The Aztecs are believed to have cremated the remains of their leaders during their 1325-1521 rule, but the final resting place of the remains has never been found.
Excavations on the tunnel and the chambers will continue in 2016.
Source: Templo Mayor Museum