Aztec secrets. Why archaeologists in Mexico had to dig back the found tunnel

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Aztec secrets. Why archaeologists in Mexico had to dig back the found tunnel

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient system of dams and waterways that protected the city of Tenochtitlan.

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Tunnel opened in Mexico It was built several centuries ago as part of Albarradon de Ecapetec. It is a flood control system from dams and waterways. It was built to protect the historic city of Tenochtitlan from rising water.

However, due to a strange turn of events, archaeologists had to bury a valuable artifact they had just found, Science Alert writes.

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Many considered Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztec empire. She had many dams to prevent floods. A large number of these buildings were destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors. But in the early 1600s, systems began to be restored again.

A similar design was discovered by archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in 2019. The small tunnel was only 8.4 meters long. It was a small part of the Albarradon de Ecatepec monument. The latter stretched for as much as 4 kilometers. During the research, several pre-Hispanic glyphs were found. In total, archaeologists have discovered 11 symbols. In the picture you could see a battle shield, birds of prey and raindrops. It is assumed that the characters were left by non-Hispanic residents of the cities of Ecatepec and Chiconautla.

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However, scientists suggest that It was the Spaniards who answered the design. The researchers noted that they wanted to learn more about the road construction system. This should determine the date of construction.

The results of the excavation were to be turned into an open exhibition. She was supposed to demonstrate the synthesis of Spanish and Aztec cultures. However, this did not happen due to lack of funds. The exposition could not be properly protected.

That is why it was reburied again. This should help protect the find from vandalism and damage. First, they plan to build a special masonry to protect the glyphs, then they will cover the excavated site with earth.

Scientists say that the crisis was mainly caused by the coronavirus pandemic.