(ORDO NEWS) — The passages were discovered in May and are believed by archaeologists to have been built much earlier than the intricate labyrinths of the temple.
A team of archaeologists have discovered a network of tunnels under a more than 3,000-year-old temple in the Peruvian Andes.
The Temple of Chavin de Huantar, located in the north-central Andes, was once the religious and administrative center for the entire region.
According to Stanford University archaeologist John Rick, who participated in the excavation, the passages were found in May and have some structures that were built much earlier than the labyrinths in the temple.
During the years of excavations at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level, 35 underground passages were found, which are interconnected. They were built between 1200 and 200 BC in the foothills of the Andes.
“This is a passage, but it is completely different. This is a different form of construction. It has features from earlier periods that we never saw in the aisles,” Rick said.
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