Last month, after ten months of a serious hard work, the Underwater Exploration Group of the Great Maya Aquifer Project, aka “GAM” found a connection between two of the largest flooded cave systems on Earth. It is located in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The network of these caves now spans 347km.
Those two cave systems are Sac Actun and Dos Ojos. That new discovery actually connects two previously known cave systems into one 215 miles (347km) – long stretch. Those two caves now hold an important huge freshwater reserve and hundreds of rich archeological sites. And apart from it being one of the biggest archeological finds in history, it is also a home for brand new ecosystems, unlike anything we have seen on Earth before. The lead archeologist of that site, Guillermo De Anda, who works for the Mexico National Institute of Anthropology and History actually called this site “the most important submerged archeological site in the world.”
De Anda said that these findings include the remains of the first settlers of America, Maya culture, and a huge well of extinct fauna.
The team has not finished its work. They are actually just getting started and they are convinced that they haven’t found the end of this system. Speculations and assumptions include 3 more huge cave systems that are connected with this one which is full of “unknown secrets”. “GAM” team found a significant number of human remains, extinct fauna remains, objects from the early Mayan period, clay pots, and some burial sites. The estimated age for all those remains is 10,000 to 12,000 years.
In his interview for Mexican newspaper “El Pais”, Schmittner said, “It was like trying to follow the veins within a body. It was a labyrinth of paths that sometimes came together and sometimes separated. We had to be very careful.”
The discovery of these caves proves one thing – we still don’t know everything about this planet. As much as we try, there will always be unexplored regions and something new to find out.