A Massive Earthquake Revealed An Awesome Discovery Hidden In Aztec Pyramid

The temple dedicated to the rain god Tlaloc and located within the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca Morelos state belonged to the region's Tlahuica culture

"Despite the damage the quake caused we have to be thankful that because of this natural phenomenon, this important structure appeared that changes the dating of the archaeological site", Campos said.

Ceramic remains and coal were also discovered in the temple, which scientists say could have been used for ritual activities.

The upper part of the pyramid was heavily damaged during the 2017 natural disaster, so researchers from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) wanted to give the ancient construction a quick check-up, using radar to identify whether its internal structure had been disturbed by the rumbles.

The Tlahuica were one of the ethnic groups of the Aztec civlisation who had migrated to current-day Morelos state during a period of great expansion from Tenochtitlan, current-day Mexico City.

A devastating quake that rocked central Mexico in September previous year has revealed the remnants of a temple inside an Aztec pyramid. It was assumed that the site dates back to the Late Postclassic period (1200 to 1521 CE).

The temple, dedicated to a deity called Tlaloc and located within the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos state, belonged to the region's Tiahuica culture.

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Archaeologists believe the temple was built between 1150 and 1200 and was dedicated to the Aztec rain god Tlaloc.

The magnitude 7.1 quake on September 19 caused parts of the pyramid to sink or lean. They also came across a collection of ceramics and an incense burner.

She said it was common for pre-Hispanic cultures to build one temple over another. "We have already detected two construction stages, and where we stand is considered to be built in the oldest phase before the second phase of the Templo Mayor", Ms Konieczna said.

"This discovery changes the chronology of Teopanzolco because an open-air basement was built first and then, in the image of this type of construction, the Templo Mayor [Main Temple] of Tenochtitlán was built", INAH archaeologist Bárbara Konieczna said.

The Teopanzolco pyramid platform is in the city of Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City.

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