Archaeologists now conclude that the tomb of the ancient ruler Pakal was built on top of a natural spring sometime in 700 AD. The tunnels from the small canal system had as a purpose to direct water to the esplanade located in front of the temple. It is believed that this way locals hoped to offer Pakal’s spirit a way into the underworld. An engraving found at the site confirms this theory. It reads that the entrance “will guide the dead toward the underworld by submerging [them].”
Erich von Daniken, author of book “Chariots of the Gods?”, explains how Pakal looked like an astronaut at the helm of a spaceship on a carved stone sarcophagus. Archaeologists have once again disproved such absurd theories as they found no spaceships or remains of any form of advanced technology while digging. Though, new discoveries can still be announced. Because the main underground tunnel is only two feet tall and two feet wide, it was deemed too small to crawl through. Further exploring will be done with the help of robotic devices.