Smaller Pyramids Discovered Inside Maya Pyramid

Andrei Tapalaga
two smaller pyramids inside it, sort of like a Russian nesting doll21967857/Pixabay

The Maya pyramids, similar to the ones in Egypt hold a lot of mystery inside them. Many treasures and artifacts have been discovered in secret chambers over the years, accompanied by burials of important emperors that ruled many centuries ago. However, some ancient pyramids are hiding weirder things inside. 

One of the more interesting pyramids around the world is the pyramid of “El Castillo” at the site of Chichén Itzá in the Yucatán Peninsula. What is very interesting about this pre-Hispanic (before the Spanish arrived in South America) pyramid is that it has two smaller pyramids inside it, sort of like a Russian nesting doll. 

In 2016 it was discovered by experts from Mexico’s National Institue of Anthropology and History (INAH) that within the El Castillo pyramid lies another smaller pyramid. This was noticed from the way the inside structure was built. 

Recently, experts within the same field have made a deeper analysis to discover that there may be a third, even smaller pyramid within the structure. A pyramid within a pyramid, within a pyramid. Although the phenomenon may seem strange to many, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico Andrés Tejero-Andrade gives a great explanation as to why this is the case. 

“The ancient inhabitants of the Yucatán Peninsula, when they arrived at a previously inhabited and abandoned site, did not destroy the old structures, Rather a new one was built on top of those already present, and so on,” (Quote by Andrés Tejero-Andrade)

Live Science says that this practice is not unique to the Maya culture, as other pyramids around the world have been built on top of older pyramids in a way to honor their heritage and at the same time reinforce their structure. 

It should also be added that workers during those ancient times didn’t have the technology to efficiently dismantle or destroy old structures, so building on top seemed like a better option. 

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