FEATURING STORY: Bouquets of flowers left as offerings to the gods 1800 years ago are discovered in tunnels under Teotihuacan pyramid
The four bouquets of offering flowers were uncovered 59 feet below temple of the god Quetzalcóatl - a pyramid that still stands in the Mexican ruined city of Teotihuacan. The flowers stems are in good condition and still have the original rope tied around them. Teotihuacan, with its huge pyramids of the sun and moon, is made up of a labyrinth of palaces, temples, homes, workshops, markets and avenues. The city is thought to have been built in 100BC and existed until the 8th century
Quetzalcóatl, or 'Plumed Serpent' was an important god during ancient Mesoamerica, a historical region that included central Mexico through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica.
This deity was said to have given maize to humanity and responsible for the creation of mankind, which may be why offering flowers were uncovered under the god's temple.
Sergio Gómez, an archaeologist at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, said the stems are in good condition and still tied with the original cotton-made cords.
Archaeologists consider it one of the most influential in pre-Hispanic North America, with a population of 200,000 at its peak.
Teotihuaca means 'the place where men become gods'. The mysterious city of Teotihuacan, some 30 miles (50km) north of Mexico City, thrived between the first and eighth centuries, after which its civilization vanished (shown on map). The city was totally abandoned in 700 AD and very little is know about the civilization
However, the offering flowers are the first intact botanical materials ever to be found at the site. 'It is said to be very relevant since it can give an indication of the flora that was used for ritual purposes since antiquity.
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