Chichen Itza Discoveries

New Excavations at Chichen Itza Hope To Yield

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Hidden Tunnel Could Lead to Underground Cenote…..

Excavations are expected to begin this week near the “El Castillo” site within the Chichen Itza archaeological zone.  Just over two years ago archaeologists discovered that there is probably a hidden cenote, or fresh water basin, that has never been studied before.  New technology –  tri-dimensional electric resistivity tomography – made the discovery of a second substructure under the pyramid possible.

“El Castillo”  – which is oftentimes associated with Kulkulcan, the feathered snake god is 24 meters (79 feet tall) and

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built to exacting geometric principals.  Each side faces one of the cardinal compass directions and has 91 stairs. Combined with the step on the top platform, there are a total of 365 steps — the number of days in the solar year.

A research team from the Geophysics Institute of UNAM’s Engineering School and the National Institute of Anthropology and History, headed by Rene Chavez Segura has already studied the 4 visible centoes in the area as well as other underground passageways from the “Ossuary”  a smaller lesser known pyramid in the archeological zone.  The research team had hoped to connect the passage from the 2 pyramids however it’s not believed they have been intentionally sealed off.

It’s hoped that this new data can shine some light into the mysteries of the Maya since to date, not much is known as to their beliefs and what happened to their civilization.

For more information on this fascinating story, including it’s progression, please check out this site.

Se espera que las nuevas excavaciones en Chichén-Itzá arrojen más información

Un túnel oculto podría  conducir a un cenote subterráneo. . .

Se espera que esta semana comiencen las excavaciones cerca de “El Castillo” en la zona arqueológica de Chichén-Itzá. Tan sólo hace dos años los arqueólogos descubrieron que es posible exista un cenote oculto que nunca antes ha sido estudiado. La nueva tecnología de tomografía de resistividad eléctrica tridimensional hizo posible el descubrimiento de una segunda estructura bajo la pirámide .


“El Castillo”, al cual con frecuencia se le relaciona con Kukulkán, el dios-serpiente emplumada, tiene 24 metros (79 pies) de altura y está construido de acuerdo a los principios geométricos exactos.  Cada una de sus caras mira hacia un punto cardinal y tiene 91 escalones. En conjunto con el escalón de la plataforma superior, el total de escalones son 365, el número de días del año solar.


Un equipo de investigación del Instituto de Geofísica de la Escuela de Ingeniería de la UNAM y el Instituto nacional de Arqueología e Historia encabezado por René Chávez Segura, han estudiado los 4 cenotes visibles en el área si como otros pasadizos del “Osario”, una pirámide menos conocida dentro de la zona arqueológica. El Equipo de investigación espera conectar el pasadizo de las 2 pirámides, sin embargo no se considera que hayan sido sellados intencionalmente.


Se espera que con la nueva información se logre el descubrimiento de los misterios de los mayas pues, a la fecha, no se conoce mucho en cuanto a sus creencias y lo que sucedió con su civilización.


Para obtener mayor información acerca de esta fascinante historia, incluyendo sus avances, por favor echen un vistazo a este sitio.



Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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