What is it about?

Chichén Itzá, located in the north-central portion of the Yucatán Peninsula, is one of the major pre-Hispanic cities established in the southern lowlands of Mexico. The main objective of this investigation was to “unveil” the interior of the pyramid of El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan, an emblematic structure in this archaeological site. To that end, 828 flat electrodes were deployed around each of the 9 bodies that compose the pyramid, including the base of the structure. A novel ERT methodology is proposed, employing WS, WSG and MC arrays forming geometries of the L and Corner types.

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Why is it important?

The results showed the existence of two older pyramids within the main Mayan building and provided important information regarding our understanding of this Mayan civilization.


Future archaeological studies in the older substructure could reveal information about the cultural evolution of the site

Dr denisse lorenia argote-espino
Instituto nacional de antropologia

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This page is a summary of: ‘Illuminating’ the interior of Kukulkan's Pyramid, Chichén Itzá, Mexico, by means of a non-conventional ERT geophysical survey, Journal of Archaeological Science, February 2018, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2017.12.006.
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