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

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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…

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Image: Twitter/artnet

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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In March 2019 de Anda described his reaction to the discovery at an INAH press conference in Mexico City. “I couldn’t speak; I started to cry,” he said, according to the National Geographic. “I’ve analyzed human remains in [Chichén Itza’s] Sacred Cenote, but nothing compares to the sensation I had entering, alone, for the first time in that cave… You almost feel the presence of the Maya who deposited these things in there.”

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