Hundreds of metallic spheres found in Temple of the Feathered Serpent

The find in the historic Mexican tunnel is a significant archaeological discovery

Robot Finds Mysterious Spheres in Ancient Temple : Discovery News.

Hundreds of mysterious spheres lie beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, an ancient six-level step pyramid just 30 miles from Mexico City.

The enigmatic spheres were found during an archaeological dig using a camera-equipped robot at one of the most important buildings in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan.

“They look like yellow spheres, but we do not know their meaning. It’s an unprecedented discovery,” said Jorge Zavala, an archaeologist at Mexico’s National Anthropology and History Institute.

The “spheres” found in the Temple are said to be 1.5 to 5 inches across made of clay and covered with jarosite. Jaroside is an iron oxide. The article notes that they would have appeared metallic in pre-hispanic times.

Check out the site for a picture slideshow.

Can’t say that they are visually impressive but they do seem to be important. I’m not clear at all how the spheres were formed or why they are there. The article gives no indication. Additional links welcome.

Tip: Kitty Mervine

  4 comments for “Hundreds of metallic spheres found in Temple of the Feathered Serpent

  1. April 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Now we know how they moved those huge stones – ball bearings.

  2. spookyparadigm
    April 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Use of pyrite and hematite are not terribly unusual in Mesoamerica. Balls of offerings, also not (see the Templo Mayor). But combined, this is weird. But then, one-of-a-kind finds associated with elite magical rituals usually are.

  3. Dougie
    May 1, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    First thoughts off the top of my head, fake snake eggs. Underground in a dimly lit tunnel dedicated to the feathered serpent, I think it would be quite impressive to those brought down to see them. As an Egyptian archaeologist once told me “the woo of the priests”

  4. LREKing
    May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Having looked at the photos, I would have to say that calling them “spheres” is overly optimistic.

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