A Hidden Ancient Temple Revealed After Earthquake

On Sept. 19, 2017, a magnitude-7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico, following an 8.1-magnitude quake that struck 12 days earlier, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The Sept. 19 quake killed more than 200 people and damaged multiple structures — including a pyramid in the archaeological site of Teopanzolco, about 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Mexico City. But a recent quake in Mexico had a surprisingly positive outcome for archaeologists — it revealed a hidden temple that had gone undetected for hundreds of years, concealed inside a pyramid.


Archaeologist Barbara Koniecza said the pyramid suffered considerable rearrangement of the core of its structure following the earthquake in September.

Koniecza explained the quake left big gaps between the stones, causing the pyramid to be unstable. 

Scientists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) were checking for structural damage on the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state, 43 miles south of Mexico City, with a radar when they discovered the 20-by-13-feet temple. 


Scientists are working to restore the pyramid's main structure.

The smaller, older temple inside probably dates to 1150 to 1200, and rewrites the history of the area.

The main structures at the archaeological site of Teopanzolco are thought to date back to the 13th Century, which means the newly discovered temple would have predated them.

Among what remains of the temple – which measured 6m by 4m (20ft by 13ft) – archaeologists found an incense burner and ceramic crockery.

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