Mexico quake unearths ancient pyramid

Archaeologists searched the site after it was rocked by an earthquake in September last year

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient temple, hidden inside an Aztec-era pyramid in Mexico that was damaged during last September's 7.1-magnitude quake.

Teopanzolco is located in the Mexican state of Morelos just 45 miles south of Mexico City.

The greatest damage was at the top, where two temples had already been discovered - one dedicated to the Mesoamerican god of the sun and war, Huitzilopochtli, and another to Tlaloc.

It is thought to date back to 1150 and to belong to the Tlahuica culture, one of the Aztec peoples living in central Mexico.

'In spite of what the quake meant, it is necessary to be thankful that, for this natural phenomenon, this important structure [appeared] that changes the dating of the archaeological site, ' Goenaga said.

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 natural disaster.

A man works at the substructure inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos State, Mexico on July 11, 2018.

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The substructure of the older pyramid reportedly lies below this temple.

Teopanzolco is a popular site for visitors to the Ehecatl Temple, a building dedicated to the Aztecan deity associated with the wind.

Ceramic remains and coal were also discovered in the temple, which scientists say could have been used for ritual activities.

In addition, they claim that the structures built at Teopanzolco served as a source of inspiration for the inhabitants of Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital that became Mexico City.

The archaeological zone, located in the state of Morelos, remains protected and closed to the public since the magnitude-7.1 quake put its stability at risk.

When the INAH carried out studies with radar to examine the pyramid's structure, they found traces of the newly discovered Tlaloc temple.

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