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Mexico, U.S., Jul 16 (Canadian-Media): Mexico was struck with a 7.1-magnitude earthquake last September which opened a 13th century Aztec pyramid and revealed an even older temple within, media reports said.
Teopanzolco_Morelos. Image credit: Wikipedia
While surveying the damage caused to the Teopanzolco pyramid, found 70 kilometres south of Mexico City, the archeologists were able to discover the ruins of the temple using radar technology.
According to archeologist Barbara Konieczna, the pyramid was heavily damaged in the earthquake, which flattened Mexico City and resulted in the deaths of more than 200 people.
It caused parts of the pyramid to sink and lean in a different direction resulting in a rearrangement of the core of its structure
"In spite of what the earthquake meant, it is necessary to be thankful that for this natural phenomenon appeared this important structure that changes the dating of the archaeological site,” said Konieczna in a news release from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.
The temple dates back to between the years 1150 and 1200, according to the institute and is thought to be more than 800 years old.
Inside the temple, archeologists found an incense burner and ceramic shards.
Konieczna said that however strange it was, it was not unusual for the Tlahuica people and other Aztec groups to build over pre-existing structures, .
There seemed a possibility of the remains of a second temple nestled within the pyramid.
“Possibly, on the right side are the remains of another temple dedicated to Huitzilopochtli,” Konieczna said.
While continuing to examine the discovery, archeologists will also focus on restoring the pyramid’s main structure.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)