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Mexico earthquake reveals ancient temple hidden in damaged pyramid

The temple was discovered when archaeologists were analysing the damage in Teopanzolco pyramid.

(National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH))

Archaeologists made a stunning discovery in Mexico on Wednesday when they discovered an ancient temple is situated within an Aztec-era pyramid, which was damaged during last September’s 7.1 earthquake.

Scientists from the mexican National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH) check for structural damage to the Teopanzolco pyramid in the state of Morelos, about 43 kilometers south of Mexico City, with a radar when they discovered the 20-by-13-feet-temple.

Teopanzolco pyramid was built somewhere between the 1200 and the conquest by the spaniards in 1521.

(National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH))

“In spite of what the earthquake meant, it is necessary to be grateful that, for this natural phenomenon, this important structure [appeared] that changes the dating of the archaeological site,” the institute said in a press release.

HUMAN SACRIFICES SURROUND ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA GRAVE

The ancient temple is situated within an Aztec-era pyramid.

(National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH))

The temple dates back to more than the pyramid, which was built somewhere between the 1200 and the conquest by the spaniards in 1521. Archaeologists believe that the temple was built between 1150 and 1200, and was dedicated to the Aztec rain god Tlaloc.

An incense burner and ceramic shards were also among the remains.

Archaeologists believe that the temple was built between 1150 and 1200, and was dedicated to the Aztec rain god Tlaloc.

(National Institute for Anthropology and History)

Barbara Koniecza, archaeologist of the INAH Morelos Center, said that it was customary for the pre-Hispanic cultures in order to build a temple over another.

“Possible, on the right are the remains of a temple dedicated to Huitzilopochtli,” she said in a Wednesday press conference.

She added that the pyramid endured great damage during the September earthquake.

An incense burner and ceramic shards were also found in the remains.

(National Institute for Anthropology and History)

“The pyramid suffered considerable deviation in the chromosomes of the nucleus of the structure, the” Koniecza said.

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Koniecza explained the earthquake left large gaps between the stones, making the pyramid unstable. Scientists working on the restoration of the pyramid was the main structure.

The earthquake of September. 19, causing great damage to many historical monuments, including colonial churches. More than 200 people were killed in Mexico City and many people were trapped under the rubble of buildings were toppled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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