Archaeologists came across an 1,000-year-old Aztec stone shrine that they believe is the design of the universe of ancient civilization.
The "tetzacualco" stone was discovered at the bottom of Iztaccihuatl volcano and according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), it is destined to portray a model of the universe.
The sanctuary originally would have been placed in a pond and consists of stone, ceramic fragments, lithic materials, lapidaries and organic remains that were associated with Tlaloc – the rain god in the Aztec culture.
The INAH said in a statement: "The existence of a tetzacualco in the middle of a natural pond and the optical effect that occurs when the water is reflected, so it seems that the structure emanates, suggests that the place is the representation of a primordial time and space, a miniature model of the universe. "
Archeologist Iris del Rocío Hernández Bautista, from the Underwater Arch Subdirectorate of heology at INAH, said:" In this area, ceramic materials on the surface were identified , some of them identified as Coyotlatelco (750-900 AD), Mazapa (850-900 AD) and Tollan Complex (900-1150 AD) In total, the archaeological evidence covers an approximate area of 300 100 meters. "
Mrs. Bautista added that the stone that once was floating represented Cipactli – the monster of the Earth – that floated primitive waters separated from her body, which is how the sky and Earth were created , according to Aztec mythology .
She said: "These visual effects, in addition to the characteristics of the elements that make up the site and the relationship they have with each other, make us suppose that Nahualac could represent a microcosm that evokes the primitive waters and the beginning of the mythical space -weather ".