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Mexico earthquake reveals secret Aztec temple hidden for over 800 years inside a pyramid

A Mexico pyramid which was badly damaged in an earthquake in September 2017 has been hiding ancient Aztec temple inside its walls since the 13th century, archeologists have revealed.

The ancient shrine was found in the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state, 43 miles south of Mexico City.

It was only discovered when scientists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) used a radar to check for structural damage to the Teopanzolco pyramid.

Archaeologists believe the temple dates back to 1150 and was built was by the Tlahuica people who were Aztecs living in central Mexico

The temple is dedicated to Tláloc, the Aztec rain god. 

Mexico earthquake reveals secret Aztec temple hidden for over 800 years inside a pyramid

His name means “He who makes things sprout” and he was a very important deity to the Aztecs. Tláloc was both revered and feared.

It is believed the temple would have measured 20ft by 13ft.

Archaeologists found an incense burner and ceramic shards among the temple’s remains.

It was not unusual for the Tlahuica to build on top of older structures, hence why the temple was hidden by the Teopanzolco pyramid for so long.

The main structures on the site date from the 13th century.

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The ancient shrine was found in the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state

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Archaeologists believe the temple dates back to 1150 and was built was by the Tlahuica people

The amazing find is all due to the 7.1 magnitude earthquake which hit Mexico last year on 19 September, damaging Teopanzolco .

The pyramid suffered considerable rearrangement of the core of its structure,” archaeologist Barbara Koniecza said in a statement.

Dozens of buildings were reduced to rubble across Mexico City, including a number of historic points of interest, while broken gas mains sparked fires across the city.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit five miles southeast of Atencingo in the state of Puebla, about 100 miles south of Mexico City, at a depth of 32 miles.

At least 237 people were killed in the natural disaster and Mexico declared three days of national mourning in response to the tragedy. 

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The Mexican temple is dedicated to Tláloc, the Aztec rain god

Most of Mexico is occasionally subject to earthquakes, according to the UK Foreign Office (FCO). 

Tremors occur regularly, particularly in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.

The FCO’s travel advice to Mexico is as follows: “ The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has advice about what to do before, during and after an earthquake or tsunami.

“If you’re travelling in Mexico City you can download the 911 CDMX app, which warns you an earthquake will happen 60 seconds before the movement starts. 

“Although these alarms are very useful, they can’t detect every kind of earthquake there can be.”

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