View of the “Cueva del Pirul”, one of the largest systems of interconnected caves to the East of the Pyramid of the Sun. One can notice the many rough pillars left to support the roof and a number of side passages branching out in different directions.

Descending into the Underworld of Teotihuacan: Labyrinthine Tunnels and Rivers of Mercury

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It is equally possible that the exploration of some of the other tunnel systems to the East of the Pyramid of the Sun and to the West of the Pyramid of the Moon, including the ones entered by Charnay and never again explored, would lead to similar discoveries. Very much like at Giza, these tunnels could lead to some sort of Mesoamerican equivalent to an ancient “ Hall of Records ”, whose discovery could finally help to shed light on the origins of Teotihuacan and its “ Gods”.  

A particularly large cave, also to the East of the Pyramid of the Sun, was converted in modern times into a restaurant and events hall. The people standing and the dining furniture provide a reference for the enormous size of this chamber (Photo by author Marco M. Vigato)

A particularly large cave, also to the East of the Pyramid of the Sun, was converted in modern times into a restaurant and events hall. The people standing and the dining furniture provide a reference for the enormous size of this chamber (Photo by author Marco M. Vigato )

Marco M. Vigato has travelled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, South-East Asia, North and South America and  is an independent researcher into ancient mysteries and megalithic civilizations. His expeditions and photographs dedicated to ancient history, adventure travel and archaeology can be found at Uncharted Ruins .

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Top Image:  View of the “Cueva del Pirul”, one of the largest systems of interconnected caves to the East of the Pyramid of the Sun. One can notice the many rough pillars left to support the roof and a number of side passages branching out in different directions. (Photo by author Marco M. Vigato)

By Marco Vigato

References

Desiré Charnay, Les anciennes villes du Nouveau Monde , Paris, Hachette, 1885, pp. 118-119

Peter Tompkins, Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids, Harper & Row, London, 1976, p. 199

Linda Manzanilla, Los Tuneles bajo Teotihuacán , UNAM, Mexico City, 2009

Matthew Shaer, A secret tunnel found in Mexico may finally solve the mysteries of Teotihuacan , Smithsonian Magazine, June 2016

UNESCO – Prehispanic City of Teotihuacan, [Online] Available at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/414

Comments

I am not sure of the question, why would there be a connection to Egypt? These tunnels in Teotihuacan are partly natural, and partly man made. The pyramid may have been built over the tunnel/cave purposely. Mesoamerican religions had a connection to tunnels and caves. In fact other cultures do as well, but quite a bit here in Mesoamerican history.
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Do you guys think this has anything to do with the huge underground chambers, and the empty sarcophagus Herodotus described, beneath the Egyptian pyramids too? These pyramids are not graves.

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Yes they did discover those things. Discovery is subjective, this is how people "discover" hidden treasure or "discover" a plot to overthrow the government. If you find something you didn't know about, you discovered it. It doesn't matter if other people already knew about it.

As for being "illegal invaders", I was born here, that makes me just as much a native as anyone else. The invasion happened hundreds of years ago. And it can't have been that bad as invasions go, since you're still around to complain about it. Many north american native tribes speak of people their ancestors encountered when they first came here thousands of years ago, and how they killed every last one of them. Presumably they didn't want to endure hundreds of years of whinging about how they were illegal invaders.

I agree that we, the decendants of the Europeans are here to stay. We are equally responsible as part of this new hybrid culture for the preservation of the history that we now share together. It is up to all of us to protect and preserve the sites and the cultures that we have today, and leave our future generations with records of those who have gone before.

We all bear a heavy responsibility to the future of our kind, so let’s get to work. Together.

R. Lee Bowers

I agree that European descended people are invaders...but, they are here now, just work with them, stand up for indigenous rights, for protection of sacred sites, and respect of the ancient cultures of the Americas...because we, the descendants are not going anywhere...I have no interest in Europe. Instead of complaining, write the histories, do the work, protect the sites.

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