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Archaeologists discover ancient temple hidden inside Aztec-era pyramid in Mexico

13 July 2018

"When we did the excavations [in the Temple of Tlaloc], we saw that the stones were loose, the core was not stable", archaeologist Barbara Konieczna from the centre of INAH-Morelos, said.

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient temple, hidden inside an Aztec-era pyramid in Mexico that was damaged during last September's 7.1-magnitude natural disaster. The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Wednesday that in doing fix work, experts found a smaller, older temple inside that probably dates to 1150 to 1200.

"In spite of what the quake meant, it is necessary to be thankful that this natural phenomenon revealed this important structure", Isabel Campos Goenaga, director of the INAH Morelos Center, said in at a press conference [translated via Google].

The smaller, older temple inside probably dates to 1150 to 1200, and rewrites the history of the area.

Teopanzolco is located in the Mexican state of Morelos just 45 miles south of Mexico City.

The structure, which is dedicated to the rain god Tlaloc, was found by scientists with Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History using radar technology.

'This finding changes the chronology of Teopanzolco, since the basement was first discovered and then, in the image of that type of construction, the Templo Mayor was built in Tenochtitlan. Among the temple's remains they also found an incense burner and ceramic shards.

"There was no news, until now, of the existence of a substructure within the pyramidal structure", said INAH Director Isabel Campos Goenaga at a press conference.

"The floor of both shrines sank and bent, which also put their stability in danger", Koniecza said. "It is possible that on the right side are the remains of another temple dedicated to Huitzilopochtli", Koniecza said.

In addition, they claim that the structures built at Teopanzolco served as a source of inspiration for the inhabitants of Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital that became Mexico City.

The archaeological zone, located in the state of Morelos, remains protected and closed to the public since the magnitude-7.1 quake put its stability at risk.

Archaeologists discover ancient temple hidden inside Aztec-era pyramid in Mexico