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Researchers discover immense pyramid in Mexico, larger than Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Sun. Researchers in Mexico have discovered a Pyramid that, according to initial measurements, is larger than the Great Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan. Initial excavations were done in 2010.
The Pyramid, 75 meters in height, was explored by specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) on the acropolis of Tonina, Chiapas, estimated to be around 1700 years old.
Much of the public imagery of the site details the ruthless manner in which the city dealt with its enemies. A 16 by 4 metres (52 by 13 ft) stucco sculpture rising from the fourth to fifth terraces depicts a skeletal death god carrying the decapitated head of a lord of Palenque in one hand.
originally posted by: Aleister
Discovered? So this pyramid was just laying around, la de da, in the jungle, without anyone knowing it was there? No plane flew over it (or was it so covered with jungle and birds that a pilot never saw it)?
A very good find, both the pyramid and this thread.
The first published account of the ruins was made by Fray Jacinto Garrido at the end of the 17th century. A number of visitors investigated the ruins of Toniná in the 19th century, the first being an expedition led by Guillaume Dupaix in 1808. John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood visited in 1840, and Stephens wrote an extensive description of the site. Eduard Seler and Caecilie Seler-Sachs investigated the monuments at Toniná, publishing their reports at the turn of the 20th century. Karl Sapper visited the site in 1895 and 1896. Frans Blom and Oliver La Farge investigated the site in 1920s for Tulane University, publishing their reports in 1926—1927.
The French Toniná Project began excavations in 1972 which continued through 1975, then resumed in 1979 to 1980, under the direction of Pierre Becquelin and Claude Baudez. The National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH, the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia) began their own excavations at Toniná the following year.
The site is accessible for tourism and has a small museum that was inaugurated on 15 July 2000.
originally posted by: MysterX
I find it incredible that something so massive, and so obviously artificial could go unnoticed for so long.
Which makes me smile when people assume if something is to be found, it ought to have already become known...which obviously certainly is not the case...imagine what else there is out there in those jungles, atop remote mountains...and covered by the sands of aeons on other planets and moons perhaps...