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


Tsurugi's picture

First the mica....and now there's mercury. Very interesting. Is it really all just religious/spiritual symbolism? Seems a bit of a stretch to assume that.

Meanwhile, both the old legends and the modern data about the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang in China indicate it, too, has vast amounts of mercury deep within.

Very interesting.

The mercury lake in the Chinese tomb was the first thing that I thought of when I read about this. I've seen some sculptures from South America that look Asian in facial features, leading me to speculate about contact between these cultures.

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.
Looked at from a technical/engineering point of view, the structures spoken about , could very well be practical in nature. I believe these great structures were a world wide network of power/energy plants. If they were built in great antiquity , gravity etc could have been different to what it is now. many cataclysms may have changed the world in massive way,..and what we're left with are ruins of non operational energy equiptment.. I'm always struck by the 'niches' found in such places, like the GP, buildings at Puma Punku, etc etc. It always feels to me that Im looking at a skeleton, a place of machinary that's either been stripped, or the relevant parts have eroded. A shell of former engineering works.
I am totally disappointed, that despite the now very obvious similarities in these structures, across continents, and their alignments, that orthodoxy still wants to maintain that they all rose, coincidently and independently. Mainstream archeaology has become a joke, and whats more,..theyre actually blocking progress with their dogged refusal to accept new ideas that smash their current paradigm. I feel this is more than just professional bias and blindness. It doesn't boggle my mind that they refuse to accept or entertain the new ideas, just reinforces my suspicion that these old vanguard are merely gatekeepers for vested corporate and Governmental/political and religious interests. If we keep looking towards these old vanguard of orthodoxy to lend their blessing to new ideas, we'll wait forever. I think the time has come for more 'creative' ways of researching, that cuts out the middle man,..if you catch my drift ;)

"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.

The moment you insult someone you lost the argument, I don't see the point in being so aggressive and insulting on multiple instances.

I think you completely missed my point, I never meant the later civilizations didn't use mercury for decoration purposes, I meant that the direct assumption that the mercury found was limited to decorative and religious/symbolic purposes is shortsighted.

The mercury found in and under the pyramid(s) had a purpose other than symbolic, there's other pyramids around the world where aquifers are right underneath, as well as mercury as "g st-laurent" pointed out.

There are so many pyramids in China that we haven't got to study because the Chinese government decided to bury them under dirt and use them for crop fields, go figure what we could find out about these if we had access to them.

For the different construction techniques and style its quite evident, just look at Machu Pichu, you will find megalithic blocks that fit perfectly, polygonal shapes that interlock with one another, blocks that weight multiple hundred tons, this type of construction is found through out the world, Giza, Baalbek, Other Maya/Aztec pyramids, Russia, Turkey, Peru, Italy and even some Temples in Japan and for China we can't really know, the list goes on.

Some Pyramids were built with perfectly interlocking blocks of multiple hundred tons without any mortar. As you may now, we still use mortar today for brick construction as it stabilizes the construction, except this megalithics blocks did not need mortar given their interlocking shapes and perfect fit.
Why would suddenly the Aztec, Mayans, Egyptians build smaller pyramids out of small rounds rocks, or rectangular but soft rocks with mortar, as much more primitive technique, did they forget how to create those megalithic structures?

Here's a few sites you can search images and compare the building styles, you will notice in many of them there are different layers of construction techniques, generally megalithic blocks interlocking perfectly without any mortar a the bottom, simpler techniques on top of it.

-Khafre Valley Temple (Egypt)
-Menkaure Pyramid (Egypt) bottom of the pyramid still has the original walls made out of granite
-Cusco walls (Peru)
-Alaca Höyük (Turkey)
- Edo Shigetsugu (Japan)
-Norba, Mycenae, Cosa, Alatri (Athens)

Those are just a few and if you spend a few minutes to search images of these sites.
According to official history, different civilizations built them, at different time frames, no connection between the civilizations since they had not intercontinental travel back then (according to official history), yet exactly the same building materials and style are found through-out the world, this is no coincidence, there are too many similarities, many of these locked the blocks in place with copper filled buttery joints, according to official history the butterfly join used for wooden construction was invented and came from the Egyptians, but these other sites around the world pre-date that and have the exact same butterfly joints made with copper.

So this and the mercury and aquifers under multiple pyramids around the world is why I think we should ask ourselves if the pyramids were built by an earlier civilization and not the later ones we believe built them and used them for religious purposes while mixing more primitive culture and building techniques.

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Excellent point MikePo. Your perspective is refreshing and it is a thought that I have also had – and many others too.

HH, I would suggest that you keep the level of the discussion civilized. We are here to discuss and not insult each other.

Tsurugi's picture


The usage of cinnabar in red pigmentation, or tiny amounts of liquid mercury used on jewelry, do not exactly compare to the bulk amounts of liquid mercury detected beneath Qin Shi Huang, and now Teotihuacan.

Interesting that you bring up the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, however. You are right that it is another example in the ancient world where a vast amount of liquid mercury has been detected,  but I'm not sure it supports your “nothing to see here" argument against Mike's post. For example, did you know the mausoleum is a pyramid? A large, squat pyramid. In China. A lot like the large, squat pyramids at Teotihuacan. In Mexico.

This similarity is usually brushed off as coincidental. You know, because when stacking a bunch of stones to make a monument, a pyramid-shape is easiest and makes the most logical sense, and all that.

Ok. But pyramids with huge amounts of liquid mercury hidden beneath them? Is that just coincidence too? Or merely practical engineering?

As to your other points, about all the evidence of use of mercury in trace amounts across what? There are primitive people in the americas today who use small amounts of gold to make jewelry and trinkets. Meanwhile, I'm writing this on a smartphone that contains small amounts of gold in its circuitry, and there are bank vaults that contain vast amounts of gold within them. The primitive jewelry is not evidence against my smartphone, or those bank vaults, is it?

So as to the use of cinnabar as a religious or decorative medium being a valid opinion , when heated cinnabar turns into mercury ,the powder turns black then vaporizes into mercury . Now the very intriguing fact is that by adding sulfur back into the mercury and heating it will turn it back into cinnabar.source "unearthed ,the treasures of the terra-cotta army " . THis leads me to be more inclined that these substances were more part of the science of he time ,alchemy and the ability to do this transformation of mercury to cinnabar and cinnabar back to mercury seems to have more than just religious or decorative meaning to them .

geizerman's picture

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.

Cheers all :)




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