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 subterranean tunnel. It’s little more than 1 foot high. Hours later, he 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 explored by de Anda might soon transform our understanding of Maya civilization, its mysterious rise and fall, and more specifically, its ritual use of caves and other underground spaces. Thought to be up to a millennium old, the artifacts he found are priceless.

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At an INAH press conference in Mexico City in March 2019 that National Geographic reported on, de Anda described his reaction to the discovery. “I couldn’t speak, I started to cry,” he said. “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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