Remote-controlled robots are exploring previously unknown rooms beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacan The probes have uncovered hundreds of metallic yellow orbs between 4 and 12 centimeters across.
According to a release from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, the spheres appear to have originally covered in pyrite, a yellow-colored mineral popularly known as 'Fools Gold," which oxidized over thousands of years to become an amber mineral crust called jarosite.
The purpose of the orbs is unknown, but their exact locations are being mapped, and it will soon be possible to compare their positions to maps of the sky from the distant past, and if there is a match to perhaps determine a date that was meaningful to the pyramid builders. This might help archaeologists to understand more of the mysteries of Teotihuacan, which was suddenly abandoned in 700AD after at least 2,000 years of occupation. There is evidence of extensive fires in the site at the time of abandonment.
The tunnel where the orbs were found was sealed off around 1,800 years ago, and rediscovered in 2003. Mexico's National Institute of Archaeology spearheaded the exploration and announced the results in a press release. To read the Spanish version, click here. To read a Google Translate version, click here.
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