This is an incredible find!

Recently, a group of underwater archaeologists were diving in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula near the town of Tulum. They’ve been exploring the area for the past 10 months, but finally realized the extent of the cave system known as Sac Actun.

What started out as the discovery of one cave soon turned into the realization that more than 200 small caves are all connected, forming one massive 216-mile-long cave.

The divers are part of an organization called The Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM). What has them most excited about this geological discovery is the potential to learn more about civilizations through ancient artifacts found embedded in the walls.

Underwater archaeologists discovered human bones and pottery. Based on the geological location and nature of the artifacts, they believe that they date back a few thousand years and belonged to the Mayan civilization.

“It allows us to appreciate much more clearly how the rituals, the pilgrimage sites and ultimately the great pre-Hispanic settlements that we know emerged,” Guillermo de Anda, the director of GAM, shared.

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