Due to a series of recent events, researchers have decided to cover up an important archaeological monument outside of Mexico City – indefinitely until further notice. A tunnel built centuries ago had been discovered in the area of Aztec Albarradón de Ecatepec: a system of control for floods, made of waterways and dikes which were created to keep floods away from the city of Tenochtitlan.
Researchers have found several pre-Hispanic glyphs displayed on the structure, which made the discovery an important one. The scientist’s discovery was intended to be made into an exhibit for the public so that people could visit and inspect this unusual cultural fusion. The iconography of pre-Hispanic origin was featured in the dike, although it appears that the design was Spanish, based on the general architecture.
This newly-discovered tunnel-gate was part of the gigantic construction project, Albarradón de Ecatepec. This project was built by thousands of indigenous workers and extends over 4 kilometers. According to the researchers, the non-Hispanic residents working on the tunnel left 11 symbols behind – including representations of birds of prey, a war shield, and raindrops, among some others.
As it turns out, however, the discovery of the tunnel section evidently requires more resources than researchers previously thought, so the section will now have to be covered up once again. Unfortunately, the time and resources needed to complete the project as originally planned are not available, therefore is not possible to construct the exhibit and properly protect the structure. The tunnel will have to be reburied in order to preserve it for the future.
The researchers argue that the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis in Mexico were largely responsible for the decision. Although the archaeological project was postponed, it is not canceled, and researchers hope to be able to get the funding they need to complete their project.