Mexico earthquake unearths ancient temple

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered the sub-structure of an ancient pyramid that came to light after a devastating natural disaster in September.

The site was used by the Tlahuica people who lived in Morelos.

The greatest damage was at the top, where two temples had already been discovered - one dedicated to the Mesoamerican god of the sun and war, Huitzilopochtli, and another to Tlaloc.

Works take place at the substructure inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos State, Mexico on July 11, 2018.

The main structures at the archaeological site of Teopanzolco are thought to date back to the 13th Century, which means that the newly discovered temple would have predated them.

"Despite what the quake meant, we have to be grateful that this natural phenomenon revealed this important structure, which changes the dating of this archaeological site", Goenaga said.

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"There was no news, until now, of the existence of a substructure within the pyramidal structure", said INAH Director Isabel Campos Goenaga at a press conference.

The magnitude 7.1 quake on September 19 caused parts of the pyramid to sink or lean.

The discovery was made when scientists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) used a radar to check for structural damage to the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca.

Koniecza added: "The floor of both shrines sank and bent, which also put their stability in danger".

A ceramic remains and an incense burner belonging to the culture were also found.

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