Researchers in Mexico have discovered a pyramid that, according to initial measurements, is larger than the Great Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan. Initial excavations were done in 2010.
The Pyramid, 75 meters in height, was explored by specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) on the acropolis of Tonina, Chiapas, estimated to be around 1700 years old.
Emiliano Gallaga, director of the archaeological zone, explained that work has been done in the last two years, where researchers verified that in the northeastern part of the site, stands one of the largest constructions in Mesoamerica, comparable in size only to great Mayan cities like Tikal and El Mirador in Guatemala.
Other features that make this “unique” pre-hispanic structure stand out, are the seven platforms that integrate it, with specific spaces intended to serve as palaces, temples, housing and administrative units. It is a unique structure for various specific functions within the social, political, economic and religious assembly, which is not repeated in any other archaeological site of the Mayan world.
“It’s a big surprise to see that the pyramid was done almost entirely by pre-Hispanic architects and therefore is more artificial than natural. This is because it was believed that the entire structure was a natural hill, but recent evidence has revealed that the structure was almost entirely built by ancient inhabitants.
The pyramid is bigger than we had anticipated. The structure is connected by roads, located on top of surrounding elevations.
After all of the information, we can confirm that this pyramid exceeds in height, the pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan which measures 65 meters.”
INAH researchers have determined that the city center had an architectural continuity between 10 and 12 hectares, which is the double of what was previously thought and mainly corresponds to the south facade of the Acropolis, one of the most important Mayan areas known to researchers.
Source : ancient-code.com