Mayan Artifacts Discovered Under Mexico’s Chichén Itzá

The items could rewrite the history of Chichén Itzá and the Mayans.


More than 200 ceramic artifacts have been discovered under Chichén Itzá in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Scientists found these artifacts in a cave called Balamkú (the cave of the jaguar god) near the Temple of Kukulcan, a pyramid at the center of the site.

The team found the items in a series of waterways called cenotes under the city and have dated them to roughly 700 to 1000 A.D. They were buried about 80 feet underground. The items include ceramic incense holders and containers used to grind food, as well as fragments of other things. Guillermo de Anda, researcher at INAH, and James Brady, professor at California State University and co-director of the initiative, agree that this is the biggest discovery in the area since the discovery of the Balamkanché cave.

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