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News Story Source: https://motherboard.vice.com, By Becky Ferreira
The "cave of the jaguar god," an underground treasure trove of ancient Mayan artifacts, has been explored for the first time since it was deliberately walled off more than 50 years ago.
Located under the ancient city of Chichan Itza, Mexico, the cave system is packed with hundreds of items dating back more than 1,000 years, such as decorative plates, grinding stones, incense holders, and figures of Balamku, its namesake jaguar god.
"Balamku will help rewrite the story of Chichen Itza," said Guillermo de Anda, co-director of Great Maya Aquifer Project (GAM) and an archeologist at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), at a press conference in Mexico City on Monday. The hundreds of archaeological artifacts "are in an extraordinary state of preservation," he added.
The cave was originally discovered by local farmers in 1966, who alerted an archeologist named Victor Segovia Pinto. For some unknown reason, Segovia dec
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