Experts detect subterranean river under Kukulkan pyramid at Mayan ruins

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MEXICO CITY – Mexican experts have discovered that the main pyramid at Mexico’s Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza was at least partially built atop a subterranean river.

Experts from Mexico’s National Autonomous University say they found a subterranean cavity about 20 metres (yards) deep below the pyramid of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo.

Geophysics expert Rene Chavez said Thursday the underground river chamber is naturally covered by rock.

Such underground rivers often connect the open “cenotes,” or sinkhole lakes, that dot Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

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The discovery was made using a kind electrical resistance survey, not by excavating. Chavez said one corner of the pyramid rested on the underground chamber, so it was in danger of collapsing.

Archaeologist Guillermo de Anda said the discovery was important.

De Anda, who did not participate in the study, said it…

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