April 05, 2006

1,500 Year Old Pyramid Found In Mexico, With a Twist

Near Mexico City archeologists have discovered a 1500 year old, 18-yard tall pyramid beneath the site of a “centuries-old re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ.”

Built on a hillside by the mysterious Teotihuacan culture, the pyramid was abandoned almost 1,000 years before Catholics began re-enacting the Crucifixion there in the 1800s, unaware they were celebrating one of the holiest moments of their faith on a site originally dedicated to gods of earth, wind and rain.

The Catholic ceremony is still in practice, so given the dual history of the site archeologists are being careful not to disturb either.

"Both the pre-Hispanic structure and the Holy Week rituals are part of our cultural legacy, so we have to look for a way to protect both cultural values," said Sanchez, who, along with archaeologist Miriam Advincula, has been exploring the site since 2004.

This is of course, the sort of thing that happens in the Holy Land all the time history built on top of history, culture on culture, temple on temple. However this one seemed to have been just an ironic coincidence, as the pyramid was abandoned around 800 AD.


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