Archaeologists Discover Maya Underwater World in Mexico

by OldSailor on September 2, 2008


Here is an interesting National Geographic News report that says archaeologists have discovered stone temples and pyramids in 14 caves, some underwater in the village of Tahtzibichen, in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state in Mexico.

Also the researchers are wondering whether Maya legend inspired the construction of the underground complex—or vice versa because in one of the recently found caves, researchers discovered a nearly 90 metres long concrete road that ends at a column standing in front of a body of water.

Further human bones were found in the stone temples in some caves submerged in water. This confirms that ancient Mayans believed these underwater temples as a portal for the dead souls to enter the underworld.

For more information and photograph, read National Geographic News and The Times of India.

Also read about ‘Watery Graves of the Maya’, here.

Interesting video clips on Maya Underwater world is here and here.

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