Robot Discovers Ancient Chamber in Unexplored Tunnel at Mexico

First Posted: Apr 24, 2013 04:29 AM EDT

A wireless robot known as Tlaloc II-TC has discovered three burial chambers under the famous temple of Quetzalcoatl near the Pyramid of the Sun. The temple belongs to the well-known archeological site known as Teotihuacan, which is a massive complex of several temples and pyramids.  

Named Tlaloc II after the Aztec god of rain, it is a three-foot long robot that is designed in such a way that it can easily pass through tight passageways that humans cannot explore. It is fixed with a video camera and mechanical arms that help to remove obstacles. This project is a follow-up on the earlier round of robotic exploration held in 2010 by Tlaloc I.

Several archeological discoveries have been made in recent years from The Temple of the Feathered Serpent, sometimes called the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl.

Initially the robot was lowered into the depths of the 2,000-year-old tunnel so as to check how safe it was for human entry. The wireless robot spent several months exploring the tunnels, which are around 37 miles north of Mexico City. Experts this week retrieved some data from the robot; it sent back some video images which they believe to be three ancient rooms.

Reports according to the NBC News state that the city was earlier an influential center of Mesoamerican culture. But not much is known about the rulers. Archeologists have no clue of any depiction of a ruler or any tomb of a monarch.

According to archeologist Sergio Gomez, the configuration of the space below the temple is quite similar to that of the tunnel which is beneath the Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Sun, reports El Universal.

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