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