Archeologists Discover A Third Structure Within Kukulkan Pyramid At Mayan Ruins In Mexico

Posted: Nov 17 2016, 7:49am CST | by , Updated: Nov 17 2016, 7:57am CST, in Latest Science News


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Archeologists Discover a Third Structure within Kukulcan Pyramid at Mayan Ruins in Mexico
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The discovery suggests that the pyramid was built in three phases

Archeologists have discovered a third structure within Kukulkan pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. The 33-feet structure is encapsulated under other two structures on the famous archeological site and suggests that the pyramid was built like a “Russian nesting doll,” in which decreased size objects are placed inside one another.

Also known as El Castillo, the Temple of Kukulkan sits at the center of archeological site Chichen Itza which is located in the Mexican state of Yucatan. The archeological site reflects on the rich and mysterious Mayan heritage dominated by Mayan people between 2600 and 1800 BC.

The latest structure was detected using a technology called tri-dimensional electric resistivity tomography, or “ERT-3D. It is 10-meter tall and is hidden inside a 20-meter structure which itself is covered by a 30-meter pyramid.

The recently-discovered structure is believed to be the oldest of them all. It was constructed between the years 550 and 800. The middle structure was discovered in 1930s and dates back to 800-1000 while the third and the largest one was likely completed between 1050- 1300.

Researchers have long suspected that a smaller pyramid is buried inside the two other structures. But they could not confirm its presence as it was too fragile to step inside.

“The tunnel was unstable, so we know very little about this platform. It appeared to be much smaller than the outer two pyramids and is not perfectly aligned with them. University of California, San Diego anthropology professor Geoffrey Braswell, who was not involved in the latest project said.

The latest structure is certainly older than the rest of two. But is it the oldest at the site, researchers are unsure at the moment.

“Given that no one has excavated this structure…it is difficult to say with certitude if it is one of the oldest buildings at the site,”said Braswell. “But this is quite possible.”

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