A trove of relics that offer new clues about the ancient Mayan civilisation have been discovered inside a sealed ‘ritual cave’ undisturbed for thousands of years.
During a recent search for a water table under the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico, researchers uncovered a secret cave system known as “Balamku” or “Jaguar God”.
Believed to have been sealed for 1000 years, the secret site contained more than 150 different objects including incense burners, plates and bowls – with many having a representation of the god of water, Tlaloc.
Researchers believe there is a possibility human remains could also be found in the cave alongside the artefacts which date back to sometime between 700 and 1000 AD.
Archaeologists reportedly had to crawl for hours on their stomachs through narrow passages in order to reach the hidden ritual chambers.
Researchers called the discovery “one of the most important findings in the history of the investigation of this ancient Mayan city” during a press conference earlier this week.
“The difficult access and morphology of the cave exacerbates the sacred qualities of the cave, which suggests that it is a purely ritual context,” archaeologist Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava said during a conference earlier this week.
Researcher Guillermo de Anda said the discovery was unlike anything he had ever uncovered.
“I couldn’t speak, I started to cry. I’ve analysed human remains in [Chichén Itzá’s] Sacred Cenote, but nothing compares to the sensation I had entering, alone, for the first time in that cave,” he told National Geographic…More info at