Lost Limbs Foundation

Monday, April 15, 2013

Archaeologists from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) excavating in the Great Plaza at Chichen Itza, recently made a fascinating discovery. They found a building between El Castillo Pyramid and the Temple of the Warriors which dates over 1,000 years older than any surrounding building and predates El Castillo (the outer pyramid) by at least a century, according to Rafael Cobos, the archaeologist in charge of the dig. To date, his team has excavated 12 meters of the building, one of the corners, a cornice and what is probably the southeast wall. The architectural style resembles that of the Temple of Venus and the stucco-covered floor has five different levels, a building technique to prevent water from accumulating in the courtyards and channeling it towards the north and east instead.
What’s fascinating in this discovery is the massive platform which was designed to support ceremonial rituals or other activities. Some of the outer wall design is similar to the earlier pyramid which is encased by the new (El Castillo.)
Cobos noted that the building had been buried by the ancient inhabitants of the city, thus preserving it. This was common practice among the Maya who often built new temples on top of monuments erected by their ancestors because they believed that it concentrated divine energy and power.
Experts are optimistic that this new find will reveal more about urban planning and social classes in this great city.
I predict that they will find even older subsections to this platform which will predate Chichen Itza to well over 4,000 BC (or older.)
 — New Revelations on Old Mayan City (12 photos)