Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl may lead to Royal Tomb

River of Mercury in Underworld of Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl may lead to Royal Tomb

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Archaeologists believe that a recent discovery of liquid mercury in a subterranean tunnel beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan, Mexico, may represent an underworld river that leads the way to a Royal tomb or tombs. The remains of the kings of Teotihuacan, some of the most powerful rulers of the pre-Hispanic world, have never been found. Such a discovery would be monumental as it would unravel many of the mysteries surrounding this ancient civilization.

The ancient city of Teotihuacan, which is located about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Mexico city, flourished between 100 BC and 750 AD and is one of the largest and most important sacred cities of ancient Mesoamerica, whose name means "the city of the gods" in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs. It once supported an estimated population of 100,000 – 200,000 people, who raised giant monuments such as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.  However, much about Teotihuacan remains unknown, including the origin of the people who lived there, as they did not leave behind any written records.

The entrance to an 1,800-year-old tunnel beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, the third largest pyramid at Teotihuacan, was first discovered in 2003, and an extensive project involving both human researchers and remote-control robots, has been ongoing ever since. Only recently have Mexican archaeologists announced the results of a years-long exploration of the underground tunnel, including the discovery of three chambers and thousands of artifacts, including: jade statues, jaguar remains, and a box filled with carved shells and rubber balls. Now researchers have also announced the presence of a large quantity of liquid mercury.

Temple of the Feathered Serpent.

Temple of the Feathered Serpent. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Mexican researcher Sergio Gómez, who has been working on the excavations of the underground tunnel, told Reuters that the liquid mercury may have been placed there to symbolize an underworld river or lake, and could be a sign that the team is drawing closer to unearthing the first royal tomb ever found in Teotihuacan and unravelling centuries of mystery surrounding the leadership of the once powerful city.

“The Tunnel is the metaphorical representation of the conception of the underworld,” said Gomez.  A large offering found near the entrance to the three chambers, suggests they could be the tombs of the city's elite. “Due to the magnitude of the offerings that we’ve found, it [royal tombs] can’t be in any other place,” added Gomez.

A graphic which shows the tunnel that may lead to a royal tombs discovered underneath the Quetzalcoatl temple in the ancient city of Teotihuacan.

A graphic which shows the tunnel that may lead to a royal tombs discovered underneath the Quetzalcoatl temple in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

Rosemary Joyce, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, told The Guardian that Mesoamericans could create liquid mercury by heading mercury ore, known as cinnabar. They used it to decorate jade objects and color the bodies of their royalty. Traces of mercury have been found at three other sites, two Maya and one Olmec, around Central America, but none in such large quantities as that discovered beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.

The research team are continuing to excavate along the subterranean corridor beneath the pyramid, equipped with protective gear to guard against the dangers of mercury exposure.  They expect excavations to conclude by October, with announcement of findings by the end of 2015.

Featured image: Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan and Underground Sketch Compilation.

By April Holloway

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hey all, just thought i would chime in with my 2 cents worth. I believe that the rivers of mercury in china were made for an emporer who had a river modeled of his lands?? as well the boats that he used on sead river were made of precious metals. Any civilization that could work gold was familiar with mercury. Im sorry i dont have links to back up what ive shared but im sure google would show them.

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So they used mercury to decorate and for religious purposes?
I don't buy it, maybe the latest civilization using these buildings used it as decoration and symbolism because they did not understand how toxic and deadly mercury can be.

It just sounds like these archeologists are simply making things up without any evidence on how these civilizations thought or lived, bring in some scientists and engineers and maybe even some doctors to analyze body remains to see if they were intoxicated by mercury, because if they used it for decorative purposes they sure would be all intoxicated and have mercury in their body.

Is it a coincidence that the Giza pyramids are built on top of aquifers? there are other pyramids over the world where this is also the case.
Water streams can be used to harness electricity.
Liquid metal such as mercury has similar properties in a much larger scale than water.

It seems more likely that some of these pyramids were built earlier than thought and by a different civlization.
New civilizations (Maya, Incas, Aztec, Egyptians) took over these buildings for religious/spiritual purposes without understanding the original purpose of these buildings and decorated them for their religious/symbolic purposes.

Looking at sites such as Machu Picchu and others in South America, Baalbek, Giza its easy to identify different layers of different styles/techniques of construction.
The largest blocks that don't use any mortar are always at the bottom, with smaller blocks, poorly shaped or even just small rocks and mortar in between as we go higher.
It boggles the mind how archeologists do not recognize this.

"Great Post"? Hardly.

Mikepo, I have never seen such a hypocritical post. You say that "archeologists are simply making things up without any evidence on how these civilizations thought or lived" yet you go ahead and speculate without any evidence to back up your own assertions. I think if anybody is qualified to make any assumptions about this subject, its the people who have worked and studied these things first hand. But you don't even have to go that far my friend. A quick google search of cinnabar shows that it was commonly used to decorate objects in many civilizations around the world. There is a lot of evidence pointing to its ritual use in Mesoamerica. One good example is at Lamanai where "at the large temple there was a single ball court, where an offering had been placed under its giant central marker. A lidded bowl contained 100g of crystalline hematite, 19 g of cinnabar in a miniature vessel, and other objects such as jade, shell, and pearl, all atop of a pool of mercury. Previously mercury had been found at Copan, Quirigua, and at Kaminaljuyo and lake Amtitlan..." If that's not proof of ritual use, I don't know what is. You can also find the use of cinnabar in the burial of the Red Queen who was found covered with the substance. You don't think the archaeologists verified these substances with scientific analysis? For another example of mercury use please read up on the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, where a river of mercury also likely exists. And as for your assertion regarding the the different layers of construction, I'm not sure how that's evidence of anything you mention. If anything, it's what one would expect with some building techniques. It only logical to place smaller items on top of larger ones and not vice versa. And did you consider that these buildings eventually required repair which was not up to the same standards? You can find examples of this ANYWHERE in the world.

Please do some actual research first before posting your nonsense.

It boggles my mind how arrogant and hypocritical people can be.

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