1,800-Year-Old Offering to the Gods Discovered Beneath Pyramid of Teotihuacan
By: April Carson
Archaeologists who have been investigating a subterranean tunnel beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent since 2003 discovered "botanical" offerings to a god — four bouquets that were "sacrificed" approximately 2,000 years ago.
New Discoveries in Teotihuacan
Four flower bouquets have been discovered that are almost untouched by time. The discovery was made in a tunnel beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacan, which was inadvertently discovered in 2003.
Since then, archaeologists have discovered a number of different ritual artefacts in the tunnel, but such bouquets were previously unknown. They appear to be in great condition, given their antiquity. Radiocarbon dating has not yet been done; however, it will certainly aid in identifying the artifacts.
However, they estimated their age by the tunnel's chronology. This tunnel was previously covered with earth and stones around the year 1700 or 1800 A.D. Other artifacts were discovered beside the bouquets, which could be dated according to their design.
While researchers believe that "botanical" gifts were given in the first or second century AD.
Cotton ropes were used to bind the stems of the plants, and they were also partially preserved. This is the first time in Mesoamerican history that botanical materials have been found in such excellent condition. Archaeologists discovered corn, beans, chili peppers, pumpkin seeds, and prickly pear seeds in the tunnel in addition to the flowers, which they believe were used for decorative purposes.
All of these presents were intended for Quetzalcoatl, according to archaeologists. This was one of the most prominent gods in Central American Indian mythology. He had a snake's body adorned with quetzal bird's brilliant colors. Quetzalcoatl was a prominent figure in Teotihuacan mythology, and he later became the principal god of the Toltecs, Aztecs, and Mayans.
The Temple of the Feathered Serpent, located in Teotihuacan, was constructed atop a subterranean passage supposedly representing the underworld for its builders.
It has been suggested in previous studies that it was a man-made counterfeit of the cosmological structure of the world. The tunnel's ceiling, for example, was made of pyrite, a bright yellow mineral similar to gold. Pyrite has served as an artistic metaphor for the sun and stars since ancient times. To replicate water, the builders made the floor of the tunnel concave. The walls were rounded, which increased their optical reflection and gave them a mirror-like quality.
In 2009, a comprehensive ground-penetrating radar survey was conducted throughout the tunnel's length, as well as the adjacent side corridors. Following that, archaeological digs began. Archaeologists have unearthed over 120 thousand items since then, including many precious objects.
Imported from other regions
Many of the items discovered here were imported from far-flung areas, according on researchers. Jade, amber, rubber, and chocolate beans were discovered in the tunnel, which are not native to this area. They also uncovered animal bones from hundreds or thousands of kilometers away. But flowers, according to scientists, are the archaeologist's ultimate find.
Much deeper than initially thought
In addition, the flowers are placed on a raised platform at the end of the tunnel, which up until now was thought to be the destination. The tunnel has been found to continue in the form of a significant descent, according to a new study. The newfound location has yet to be researched further.
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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on bossbabymav.com
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