Archaeologists Opened The Cave Of The Jaguar God – And Inside Lay A Treasure Trove Of Maya Relics

Inch by excruciating inch, Guillermo de Anda, an archaeologist from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), drags himself face down through a dark, dank tunnel – a subterranean passageway little more than 1 foot high. Then, hours later, the explorer emerges into a chamber filled with ancient Maya relics. And the discovery reduces him to tears…

In fact, the cryptic cave system that de Anda explored might soon transform our understanding of Maya civilization and its mysterious rise and fall. More specifically, though, the find could help shed light on the Maya peoples’ ritualistic use of caves and other underground spaces. So the artifacts – thought to be up to a millennium old – that the archaeologist uncovered are priceless.

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