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Aztec Breakthrough Following the Discovery of a 'Dark Secret' Beneath an Ancient Pyramid

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The Aztecs were a Mesoamerican society that thrived in Central Mexico from 1300 to 1521. They were made up of a variety of ethnic groups from the region, particularly those who spoke Nahuatl. The Aztec society was organized into city-states, some of which formed alliances, political confederations, and even empires.

These vast coherent social constructs left their mark on the earth, most frequently in the shape of great cities and stone buildings such as pyramids and temples.

Many of these pyramids eluded scholars for years, but recent advances in technology have allowed them to peer inside the buildings without ever setting foot inside them.

Archaeologists previously tunnelled into the bedrock of the Pyramid of the Sun, initially believing they had discovered a natural cave but rapidly realising they had discovered a sophisticated network of tunnels.

Secret tunnels and corridors have since been discovered in additional pyramids, including the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, commonly known as the Feathered Serpent Pyramid at Teotihuacan, Aztec capital.

Sergio Gómez, an archaeologist, discovered the site in 2017 and has already unearthed numerous old artefacts as well as the more horrible discovery of human bones.

His work was featured in a Discovery UK broadcast, with the narrator stating, "Within the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, inside the core cell, there is a sinister mystery."

There were 20 skeletons recovered here, almost perfectly intact and deliberately arranged in what appeared to be a symbolic pattern.

These were not the only bodies discovered: around 260 bodies were discovered built into the fabric and foundation of the building.

"The pyramid is a mass burial," the announcer observed.

"We've been working very cautiously using many of small equipment so that we don't lose any of the wealth that we unearth," Mr Gómez explained.

He discovered two old pots that hadn't been handled in at least 1,800 to 2,000 years.

When his team's findings were merged, they discovered more than 100,000 artefacts along the tunnel, describing them as "amazing objects" and noting that "some of them [have] never [been] seen before in any Mexican archaeological research."

Greenstone crocodile teeth, crystals formed into eyes, and jaguar sculptures were among the artefacts.

And the tunnel itself was a historical relic.

It was lined in iron pyrite and reacted to light by shimmering like the night sky, a reaction that the Aztecs most likely purposely generated to recreate the stars.

While the Aztecs flourished for hundreds of years, their empire began to crumble by the early 16th century.

In 1521, invading forces headed by the Spanish adventurer Hernán Cortés toppled the Aztec Empire and seized Tenochtitlan.

This effectively ended Mesoamerica's last significant native civilisation.