Yucatan – Investigating mysteries of the blue Mayan tomb

Yucatan - Investigating mysteries of the blue Mayan tomb

Yucatan – Investigating the mysteries of the blue Mayan tomb.

Yucatan and its underwater caves – Robert Schmittner devoted 14 years to exploring a sunken cave system on the east coast of Mexico. Going deeper than anyone else into the underground network of cenotes, grottoes and corridors. Once he was floating in the water just meters from a narrow tunnel entrance, somewhere in the dark bowels of the Yucatan Peninsula. Suddenly, he felt a strong stream of electricity next to him. For an experienced cave diver, this is an indication that there must be something much larger behind this small chamber. Schmittner dived into the darkness – and discovered the world’s longest system of underwater caverns, 347 kilometers long. – “I was screaming: yes, yes, yes! Only air bubbles came out, but it doesn’t matter” – recalls the diver from four years ago.

But exploring the underwater caves of Mexico’s east coast is more than an adventure – it’s also a journey through time. In the newly discovered caves alone, researchers have found nearly 200 relics dating back to 15,000 years ago and ending in the 19th century. Among them were human skulls, hearths and tools.

It is worth knowing that once inhabited cave systems were flooded thousands of years ago by rising sea levels. When the Mayans later found them, they believed they were entrances to the underground kingdom of the rain god. Apparently, their priests sought out cenotes (water-filled limestone wells) for human sacrifice during times of drought. In this way they tried to win the favor of the gods. This is why sunken caves still contain many priceless relics from the Mayan era. Robert Schmittner and other daredevils still have many discoveries ahead!

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