Discovery Of Ancient Maya Artefacts In Ritual Cave
Some archaeological excavations, digs or hunts are run of the mil types (really) but then there's the obviously eye catching stories in the media and very historically important - archaeological discoveries that catches the worlds attention. And this falls in to the latter by far.
By chance or by *serendipity, guided by luck or by hard work this actually does fall in to the luck category because the archaeologists were actually "hunting for an ancient sacred well" and discovered something significantly more important to the world, by far!
|Untouched artifacts sat there for over one thousand years. The ancient Maya people have always kept archaeologists and scientists busy since they were first researched. They keep on giving us excellent discoveries and mind blowing artifacts.|
In fact this is probably going to rewrite many books and many peoples views will change about ancient the Mayan religious significance?
Here is just a snippet of this amazing discovery overview by the National Geographic team:
Exploration of Balamku (Cave of the Jaguar God) reveals ancient religious practices and may hold clues to the rise and fall of the Maya empire.
Archaeologists hunting for a sacred well beneath the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula have accidentally discovered a trove of more than 150 ritual objects untouched for more than a thousand years in a series of cave chambers that may hold clues to the rise and fall of the ancient Maya.
The discovery of the cave system, known as Balamku or “Jaguar God,” was announced by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in a press conference held today in Mexico City.
After its initial discovery by farmers in 1966, Balamku was visited by archaeologist Víctor Segovia Pinto, who wrote up a report noting the presence of an extensive amount of archaeological material. But instead of excavating the site, Segovia then directed the farmers to seal up the entrance, and all records of the discovery of the cave seemed to vanish.
The amazing news continues:
To access just the first of seven ritual offering chambers identified so far within Balamku, archaeologists must crawl flat on their stomachs through hundreds of feet of tortuously narrow passages.
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In the original report on the cave (recently located by archaeologist and GAM investigator James Brady of California State University, Los Angeles), Segovia identified 155 artifacts, some with faces of Toltec rain god Tláloc, and others with markings of the sacred ceiba tree, a potent representation of the Maya universe.
In comparison, the nearby cave of Balankanché, a ritual site excavated in 1959, contains just 70 of these objects.
Related to this whole story is
In the southern part of what is now Mexico City, archaeologists have discovered a 2,400-year-old grave-site with ten bodies entwined in a circle. Southern Mexico is really throwing up excellent discoveries.
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Source National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
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Serendipity means an unplanned, fortunate discovery. Serendipity is a common occurrence throughout the history of product invention and scientific discovery. And this Mayan discovery will help scientists in a beneficial way for years if not decades to come, so serendipity really does apply here.