Serpent god temple reclaimed by nature discovered by archaeologists in jungle

A mysterious circular temple has been found that may have been dedicated to honouring a serpent god.

The circular place of worship was uncovered in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. Experts reckon it may have been constructed to honour of the Maya serpent deity Kukulcán.

It was found in the archaeological site of El Tigre and is thought to be roughly 1,000 years old. El Tigre was a Maya settlement, one of the civilisation’s last before it finally collapsed around 900 CE (AD).

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The structure would likely have originally had a flat roof on it, but that is now gone – however, archaeologists did discover that it was made up of two levels. It has since been noted that at one point it would likely have been of “great importance” to its community.

Speaking at a press conference on October 30, anthropologist and director general of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Diego Prieto Hernández said: “This building broadens our knowledge of the late occupation of El Tigre," Mexico News Daily reported.

"Circular structures generally correspond to the early Postclassic period between AD 1000 and 1200, when the Maya zone had links with other regions of Mesoamerica, in particular with central Mexico, Oaxaca and the Gulf Coast."

Researchers suspect that writings about the temple may have been discovered in the historic document known as the "Paxbolón Maldonado Papers". They talk about the temples of the El Tigres region and note they were dedicated to the four main deities of the day, one of which was Kukulcán.

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