Mexico mystery of ancient golden orbs

7th May 2013

Hundreds of mysterious gold-coloured spheres have been found in a previously unexplored ancient chamber in Central America.

The 2,000-year-old tunnel beneath Mexico's Temple of Feathered Serpent looks set to add to Mexico's many fascinating cultural sites which make the country such a favourite among holidaymakers on specialist tours.

The temple lies around 37 miles north of Mexico City and stores the remains of the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan.

The clay spheres, ranging from 1.5 to five inches in circumference, were found during an archaeological dig near the Pyramid of the Sun by the Mexico National Institute of Anthropology and History.

It employed a small robot using infrared scanners and capturing video footage.

The spheres get their yellow colour from a material called jarosite, which also dusts the chamber walls, giving them the look of a golden room.

Experts are baffled, but some believe the orbs may have been used for "high-ranking people, priests, or even rulers" to perform rituals within the tunnels.

Lead archaeologist Sergio Gomez believes it is probable that his team can find the remains of those who ruled Teotihuacan in the central chamber.

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