A cluster of flowers about 2000 years old has been found at the bottom of the Tiatihuacan pyramid in Mexico. This flower was offered to some deity by the residents of that time. The archaeologists who discovered it reported that the ancient people of Teotihuacan, before offering flowers to the deity, wrapped them in beautiful vases, placed them under a clump of wood and set them on fire. In such a situation, this flower was well preserved to last for thousands of years.
flower found in tunnel under pyramid
As Live Science reports, archaeologists have discovered this flower in a tunnel under the pyramids of the ancient city, located northeast of Mexico City. The pyramid itself is huge and was 75 feet (23 m) long when it was first built. In such a situation, this pyramid was taller than the Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. But, with time it became smaller and today only the main part of it remains.
was built in honor of the serpent god
The Teiatihuacan pyramid is part of the ‘Temple of the Feathered Serpent’, which was built in honor of Quetzalcoatl, the serpent god worshiped in Mesoamerica. The excavation of the flower tunnel was led by archaeologist Sergio Gómez-Chávez of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). He said archaeologists have found vases 59 feet (18 meters) below the ground in the deepest part of the tunnel.
was offered in rituals associated with fertility
Sergio Gómez-Chávez also noted that several pieces of pottery were found next to the vase, along with a statue depicting Tlaloc, a god associated with rain and fertility. He told Live Science that the bouquets were probably part of fertility rituals that locals performed in the tunnel. The team hopes that by determining the identity of the flowers they can learn more about the rituals.
Different number of flowers in each bouquet
The team discovered the bouquet only a few weeks ago. The number of flowers in each bouquet is different. Gomez-Chávez said that one bouquet has 40 flowers tied together while the other has 60 flowers. He said archaeologists have found evidence of a large bonfire with several pieces of burnt wood at the site where the bouquet was kept. It seems that people first put the bouquets on the ground and then covered them with a large amount of wood. The huge amount of wood seems to have protected the vase from the flames of the bonfire.
Why was the tunnel built? understanding scientists
The tunnel Gómez-Chávez’s team is digging was found in 2003 and has found thousands of artifacts including pottery, sculptures, cocoa beans, obsidian, animal remains and even liquid mercury. Archaeologists are still trying to understand why ancient people built the tunnel and how they used it. Teiatihuacan has several pyramids and dates back to about 100 BC. flourished between 600 AD.