48 Kilometers or 30 miles north east of Mexico city in the San Juan Teotihuacan municipality lives a noble and ancient city consuming a massive 83 square kilometer (32 square miles) plot of the great Mexico valley. This hulking city born of earth and stone, is silently telling its tales of glory and woe today.
Teotihuacan was constructed of complex units for the purpose of multi-family compounds to house its diverse population of well over 100,000 citizens. This city’s history has pre-dated Aztec culture, this city has won the battle not only against human nature, but against time itself. This city had flourished in an era that has been long forgotten three times over.
Its hallways are still alive with fantastic mosaics bursting with vivid color, telling the stories of the day to day hard ships these pre-Columbian men and women endured. From the mysteries kept secret for eternity in its avenues of the dead to the peaks of its highest structure, the city of Teotihuacan emanates an alluring aura that arouses curiosity in modern man and beckons him like a moth to the flame.
In 2013 an excavation led by Sergio Gomez, was started on an underground tunnel complex beneath the still and derelict city of Teotihuacan. Over the past year, thousands of artifacts have been uncovered. Archeologist speculate that Teotihuacan was the key hub in ancient pre-Columbian Mesoamerican commerce and trade. Fine obsidian tools and what are referred to as “Thin orange” pottery were manufactured in the city and have been found throughout many other central American archeological dig sites.
Deep within the secret corridor, several annexed rooms branched off to either side further unveiling the mysteries it held in silence for over 2000 years. Gomez’ team discovered more artifacts, human remains and sundries that led them to believe they were amidst the tomb of the plumed serpent. If Gomez’ assumptions are correct he will have unearthed a breakthrough in the hierarchy of Teotihuacan culture.
This revolutionary excavation continued for approximately 103 meters until the tunnel reached its end. It may inform archeologist and historians on a plethora of previously unanswered questions in regard to the theories of leadership structure and the possibility of an inherited or monarchical ruler.
The true wonder and amazement is not the history that has already been recovered from the long forgotten pages of history, but the possibilities of what may lie deeper under the cold grasp of the indifferent strata. The National Institute of Anthropology and History estimate that the tunnel was of functional use until 250 A.D, while the city succeed for anther 300 years before it was eventually sacked and ruined.
Experts assume they have up to a year left before the site can be considered fully excavated.