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Mexico's killer quake revealed unknown temple built inside a pyramid

13 July 2018

The archaeologist also said the 7.1-magnitude quake caused damage to the Teopanzolco pyramid, including two temples.

Archaeologists, who also found incense burners and ceramic shards, say the temple probably measured 20 feet by 30 feet.

INAH Morelos director Isabel Campos Goenaga explained that the discovery of the substructure was made while carrying out exploratory drilling of the pyramid to determine its structural integrity after it was damaged in the September 19 quake.

The 1,000-year-old temple is thought to belong to the Tlahuica culture, Aztec people living in central Mexico, the BBC reported.

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"In spite of what the quake meant, it is necessary to be thankful that this natural phenomenon revealed this important structure", Isabel Campos Goenaga, director of the INAH Morelos Center, said in at a press conference [translated via Google]. After an natural disaster took place on September 19, 2017, the pyramid was damaged and a substructure inside was revealed. It was assumed that the site dates back to the Late Postclassic period (1200 to 1521 CE).

The temples were found within the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state, near the modern city of Cuernavaca, Mexico.

More than 200 people were killed in Mexico City and many people were trapped under rubble when buildings were toppled.

To their surprise, the radar images and restoration work revealed the presence of long-lost twin temples - one dedicated to Tláloc, the supreme god of rain and Earthly fertility, and another dedicated to Huitzilopochtli, the god of war and Sun.

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"The Mexicas [Aztecs] didn't bring this architectural style to the region, on the contrary, the Tlahuica constructions inspired them to build the Templo Mayor", she added.

'The pyramid suffered considerable rearrangement of the core of its structure, ' Koniecza said.

The magnitude 7.1 quake on September 19 caused parts of the pyramid to sink or lean.

She said it was common for pre-Hispanic cultures to build one temple over another.

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View of the substructure inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos State, Mexico on July 11.

Mexico's killer quake revealed unknown temple built inside a pyramid