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Ancient Mexican structure is a ‘miniature model of the universe’, say archaeologists | The Independent

Underwater shrine appears to represent the beginning of space and time in Mesoamerican mythology

Mexican archaeologists have identified a stone “tetzacualco” – or shrine – that they think could have been constructed as a “miniature model of the universe”.

The structure is located in a pond on the side of the Iztaccihuatl volcano near Mexico City, on a site termed Nahualac.

In some ancient Mesoamerican myths concerning the creation of the world, the crocodile monster Cipactli floated on the primal waters and from its body the earth and sky were created.

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Archaeologists survey the excavation site at Nahualac ((Isaac Gomez/ProyectoArqueologico Nahualac-INAH))

With the shrine placed in the middle of a pond, the archaeologists that discovered it suggested that it is a representation of this origin story for the beginning of time and space – “a miniature model of the universe”.

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