Amazing discoveries continue to emerge from the strange world of archaeology and ancient history. This time, an archaeologist by the name of Sergio Gomez has discovered “large quantities” of liquid mercury in a chamber underneath the third largest pyramid of Teotihuacan (feathered serpant), a very ancient city located in Mexico.
The city is commonly referred to as the abode of the gods in the ancient language Nahuatl. Approximately 200,000 people are thought to have lived there between 100 and 700 A.D. Little is known about its people or how they mysteriously disappeared without a trace, as with so many other ancient civilizations.
According to the Guardian:
“Gómez has spent six years slowly excavating the tunnel, which was unsealed in 2003 after 1,800 years. Last November, Gómez and a team announced they had found three chambers at the tunnel’s 300ft end, almost 60ft below the temple.
Near the entrance of the chambers, they found a trove of strange artifacts: jade statues, jaguar remains, a box filled with carved shells and rubber balls.”
This isn’t the first time a discovery like this has been made. Liquid Mercury has been found at three other sites around Central America. Here is another example that comes from Belize, where an equally striking find of liquid mercury was cached under the central ballcourt marker. (source)
These are very interesting discoveries that further add to the already complex mystery of the Pyramid structures that exist not only in Mexico, but all over the world.
Why were these structures built in multiple places around the world by civilizations that had no contact with each other – and at different time periods throughout ancient history? How were they built? How did these civilizations know facts about the cosmos that could only be determined with the advanced technology we now possess?
There are so many unanswered questions, and the liquid mercury aspect just adds more pieces to the puzzle.
What Does This Mean? Why Did They Use Liquid Mercury?
Rosemary Joyce, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, said that archaeologists have found mercury at three other sites around Central America. So this isn’t something new. But why? (source)
One explanation, outlined in research published in Science in 1975 by archaeoastronomer John Carlson, demonstrated that a hematite object excavated at the Olmec site of San Lorenzo, in the Gulf Coast of Mexico could act as a compass oriented to magnetic north if it was floated on liquid mercury. Carlson suggested that the Olmec might have used liquid mercury for this purpose. Other scholars have stated with absolute certainty that liquid mercury was used starting at approximately 1000 BC.
That being said, as Professor Joyace points out, “pieces mercuric sulphide, cinnabar, was definitely used by early Mesoamerican people, among other things, covering carved jade and ceramics.” They’ve been reported from the Highland Mexican site Chalcatzingo, dating before 900 BC. (source)
But these large quantities of liquid mercury didn’t come until a bit later.
According to Gomez in an interview he did with Reuters, the mercury might have symbolized an underworld river or lake. This theory comes from the fact that liquid mercury is like looking into a mirror – it’s very reflective and, according to experts, mirrors were considered a means by which one could view the supernatural world.
Accoring to Newsweek:
“For now, it’s unclear how the Mesoamericans living in Teotihuacan used the metal. But it’s also been found in other excavations throughout Central America, specifically in Mayan ruins farther south. Mercury, which is highly poisonous, was regarded as a rarity among Mesoamerican people, and may have borne ritualistic significance given its reflective properties.” (source)
Another very intersting point made by some scholars is the idea that:
“Discoveries that point towards the possible existence of advanced technologies in the ancient world are becoming so incredible that even more mainstream news organizations like Newsweek are covering them. For example, this recent discovery in Mexico. This could be an important archaeological find because liquid mercury is mentioned in the ancient Indian Vedic texts as the drive of the Vimanas or ‘spaceships of the gods.’” – Naseim Haramein, physcisist, cosmologist, and Director of Research at the Resonance Project Foundation
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