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AMAZING FIND: A Subteranean River Discovered beneath Mexico’s Chichen Itza ruins

Ian Smith

Experts have discovered that the main pyramid at Mexico’s Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza was at least partially built atop a subterranean river.

Mexico’s National Autonomous University scientists say they found a subterranean cavity about 20 metres deep below the pyramid of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo.

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The Guardian Reports:

Mexico’s National Autonomous University scientists say they found a subterranean cavity about 20 metres deep below the pyramid of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo.

Geophysics expert Rene Chavez said on Thursday that the underground river chamber is naturally covered by rock. Such underground rivers often connect the open cenotes, or sinkhole lakes, that dot Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula.

The discovery was made using a kind electrical resistance survey, not by excavating. Chavez said one corner of the pyramid rested on the underground chamber, so it was in danger of collapsing.

1024px-Chichen_Itza_3The city of Chichen Itza, in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, was one of the largest in the Maya world for centuries, starting sometime after the year 750 until 1250. Its name means “at the mouth of the well of Itza,” and the center of the city, there was a giant pyramid, that’s still standing today.