Below the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, archaeologists have been steadily digging and searching for the long-sealed cave of The Jaguar God. The treasure in this cave is supposedly immeasurable, and now it seems they may finally find out with the cave being rediscovered.
A statement by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology states that this cave contains hundreds of long lost artifacts from the Mayan time. There are incense burners, vases and decorative plates all covered with pictures of ancient gods and other types of religious icons. It is thought that the treasure trove belongs to the network of tunnels which is referred to as the Balamku or “Jaguar God” and that this cave is one of the sacred chambers.
It is part of a city that during its peak time accommodated over millions of people and created many wonders. It is thought that this cave will have been untouched for over 1,000 years. It is most likely that the treasures and artifacts were sealed off intentionally, as it was a ritual cave. But the cave actually did have one visitor in the past millennium, as it was written about in 1966 by Victor Segovia Pinto but decided to not excavate it. In fact, for reasons still unknown, he informed local farmers to seal the entrance of the cave. And the records of his discovery even went mission, which led to it taking five decades for this mystery to be solved.
Now searchers have crawled in the caves for hours and enter claustrophobic conditions to finally find this long lost cave of Mayan history. A cave full of secrets that will help historians and anthropologists learn more about the culture of Mayan cave rituals.
And even studying the cave itself could lead to interesting facts about the site’s geology and microbiology, it may even help us understand why the major city collapsed. Potentially it was caused by climate change or a freak change of weather, which by researching the soils may let us know the answer.