Old technology and new came together recently at a Peruvian Aztec temple when centuries-old archaeology combined with 21st-century robotics.
The footage was revealed showing underground tunnels said to be 3,000 years old with bodies inside them after people were sacrificed following ancient rituals.
Archaeology Meets 21st Century Technology to Find Bodies in Tunnel
The archaeologists unearthed the tunnels at the temple in the Andean area of Peru in Ancash, by managing to crawl along with inch their way through small passageways so they could gain access to the site. The team of archaeologists discovered a maze situated in underground galleries in the place the Chavin de Huantar temple was built. However, their adventures came to an abrupt end when they found a tunnel they were unable to traverse as it was too small. Not giving up they turned to new technology and robots.
The robot used by the team had wheels, according to the team, it is able to find fragments of ceramic, along with tools along with human skeletons. Archaeologists guided the remote-controlled robot into the small tunnel with a camera on top of it. The robot managed to take photos inside the tunnel that revealed it stretched a long way. The archaeologists realized there was something in the tunnel when they spotted objects in the foreground.
Tunnels Date Back to Between 1,200 and 200 BC
The 35 underground tunnels are interlinked, with archaeologists dating them to between 1,200 and 200 years BC. John Rick, a Stanford University professor said:
“We have found at least three people in one of the galleries. One of them is a small boy, the other one is a teenager and the other one is a young man, between 20 and 30 years old.”
Priests Along with Authority Figures Used Architecture to Portray Higher Powers
It is thought that priests along with those in authority used the architecture of the tunnels to carry out rituals using drugs, light manipulation, and noise. The pilgrims could not explain the happenings inside the tunnels, which led them to believe that the leaders in Chavin had higher powers. The bodies inside the tunnel are thought to have been people who had been sacrificed. The archaeologists said that one of the skeletons found had been lying face down on the ground.
The discovery of the tunnels along with the bodies in them is said to be one of the most important of archaeological findings in the last 50 years. It is also thought the tunnels were used in the rescue of 72 hostages in Lima, the capital of Peru, during 1997. The hostages were from the Japanese embassy.
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