posted on Jun, 25 2017 @ 03:29 PM
A secret underworld of labyrinthine caves and tunnels extends under the ancient city of Teotihuacan and its massive pyramids.
Although the existence of these tunnels has been known for over a century, exploration has been extremely problematic due to frequent cave-ins,
flooding and both natural and artificial obstructions.
In February 2017, our expedition has been able to document for the first time on video an extensive section of the upper tunnel system from an
entrance located less than 200 meters from the base of the Pyramid of the Sun.
You can find a link to the original video here:
Uncharted Ruins - The Mysterious Underworld of
And another article describing the structure and purpose of the tunnels here:
Origins - Descending into the Underworld of Teotihuacan
A number of interesting findings have resulted from this first expedition:
- The tunnels are obviously man-made and not natural lava tubes. This has been been confirmed through surveys conducted by the Mexican Institute of
Anthropology (INAH) as recently as the early 2010's
- The tunnel system extends on different levels, connected by sloping or vertical shafts
- Early reports from the late 1800's describe vast pillared halls and domed chambers, connected by tunnels rumored to be as much as 40 miles
- The relatively crude nature of the most immediately accessible portions of the tunnel network, dug through the loose volcanic material deposited
by ancient eruptions over the Valley of Mexico, suggests that the chambers and tunnels described by early explorers must be located at a much greater
depth and be carved from the more solid bedrock
- Traces of red-colored paint and burn marks inside the tunnels point to an intense ritual activity (as also confirmed by a number of later
burials), perhaps associated with mythical conceptions of the underworld
At the same time, many questions remain unanswered:
- What was the purpose of these labyrinthine tunnels?
- Is there any connection between the tunnel system and the three main pyramids at Teotihuacan?
- Were the pyramids themselves built with prior knowledge of the existence of vast tunnels and underground chambers under the present-day floor of
the Valley of Mexico?
- And finally - is it possible that these caves and tunnels under Teotihuacan - the traditional Aztec place of creation - are somehow connected with
Aztec legends of Chicomoztoc, "the place of seven caves", from which their ancestors were said to have emerged after a great Flood?