Photo: Robot Finds under Teotihuacan
Mexico’s National Anthropology and History Institute’s use of modern technology is paying off with the unprecedented discovery of hundreds of ancient spheres underneath the Temple of the Plumed Serpent pyramid.
A robot was placed inside a narrow tunnel discovered under ‘Quetzalcoatl’, the indigenous name for the Plumed Serpent pyramid, to better explore the 330-foot cluttered tunnel. The actual tunnel was discovered in 2003 after a rain storm.
The robot utilized 3D and infrared technology to undercover these mysterious spheres inside internal chambers that had never been excavated. Mexican archaeologists are reporting that the spheres range in size from 1.5 to 5 inches and are covered by a yellow material thought to be pyrite, a metallic ore.
Additional exploration of the tunnel, with two side chambers, is expected to produce more unique finds. Fortunately the tunnel is well preserved, since it is believed to have been untouched for over 2,000 years.
The pyramid is one of several structures located in Mexico’s ancient city of Teotihuacan established by indigenous people around 100 B.C. and mysteriously abandoned in 700 A.D. Teotihuacan, which means “the place where the gods were created” is one of the largest, preserved pre-Colombian cities in existence. The ancient ruins are located 30 miles north-east of Mexico City and is one of the oldest known archaeological sites in all of Mexico.