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UNAM, in an international project to unveil the mysteries of Chichén Itzá

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The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) participates in an international project that will reveal the mysteries of the main castle of Chichén Itzá, the Kukulcán pyramid.

According to the UNAM Global account, it is expected that starting next summer there will be an “x-ray” of the pyramid in that archaeological zone of Yucatan, classified as a wonder of the world.

He points out that the Institute of Physics (IF) the highest Mexican educational institution participates in the international project NAUM, an acronym in English for Non-Invasive Archaeological Muography.

Arturo Menchaca Rocha, researcher and former director of the Institute of Physics, and Edmundo García Solís, professor and researcher at Chicago State University (CSU), United States, pointed out that the goal is to obtain the image of the bowels of El Castillo, with the help of cosmic ray detectors.

Thus they intend to verify the existence of a hidden chamber in the second substructure, below the emblematic building.

They pointed out that after registering the two already known chambers of substructure one, called Jaguar and Chac Mool, they will proceed to explore the rest of what is under the 30-meter-high pyramid.

“If we achieve the first, it means that the detector works and we can move forward,” they added.

The research has approval from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and funding from UNAM and the United States National Science Foundation.

The Dominican and Virginia universities also collaborate, as well as the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), all from the United States.

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