Photo: Sculptures at Sun Pyramid (INAH)
Mexican archaeologists found several sculptures in a ditch at the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan that were used to decorate the temple about 1,500 years ago, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.
The pieces were found in a ditch that likely dates to the 5th century or early 6th century, archaeologist Alejandro Sarabia said.
Sarabia and Saburo Sugiyama have been carrying out the Sun Pyramid Project since 2005.
The ditch contained a sculpture of Huehueteotl, the god of fire, two stellae of green stone, shells and other items.
The ditch may have been dug to hold offerings for the construction of the pyramid, archaeologists said.
Teotihuacan’s major monuments are believed to have been built around 200 A.D. After that, the holy city flourished for 400 years, until a sudden collapse in the middle of the 7th century.
The Avenue of the Dead, the long and wide road that connects La Ciudadela with the Moon Pyramid, was at the center of Teotihuacan.
Teotihuacan is also the home of the Sun Pyramid, the third-largest pyramid in the world.
The site is a popular tourist attraction and thousands of Mexican and foreign practitioners of New Age spirituality have taken to visiting Teotihuacan during the spring equinox in recent years to “recharge their energy.”