1. The best archaeological find and my favorite would be the Mythological Mercury Pool. I found this archaeological discovery the most fascinating because we have already gained previous knowledge about Teotihuacan and it is so interesting to continue to uncover clues about their ceremonial burials. I am also a chemistry major so to see an element from the periodic table reveal itself in the archaeological record was very surprising and interesting. But the most incredible aspect was that the archaeologists found this mercury in liquid form instead of the very common powder form. This only raises further questions as to who was buried in these tombs and how these people obtained liquid mercury.
2. In this discovery, Sergio Gomez has found traces of mercury in 3 of the tombs along with 5 underground chambers that contain thousands of artifacts including animal bones and offerings. They also found jade from Guatemala and seashells from the Caribbean along with preserved plant seeds and what could be fragments of human skin. The context of these materials is not discussed much, but it is known that most of the artifacts listed were found in the underground chambers and were thought to be used in ceremonial purposes.
3. As we have seen before, the people of Teotihuacan place great importance in ceremonial burials including symbolism in the form of water. In an article I have discussed earlier, archaeologists had discovered an underground water tunnel beneath an ancient tomb much like the underground water tunnel discovered underneath a tomb in Teotihuacan. It is believed that this water tunnel carried the souls of the deceased to the afterlife. Much like these water tunnels, the mercury pools symbolized meaning in these tombs as well. It is believed that the mercury pools symbolized the geography of the underworld. Possibly these mercury pools could depict the collection of dead souls that have gathered in these tombs. It has also been inferred that many of these highly preserved artifacts like the liquid mercury, plant seeds and human skin has been able to resist decay because of the humidity and lack of oxygen in the tombs.
Many of these top ten findings are very fascinating because they involve discoveries that don’t fit into the current timeline or archaeological record that we have previously built like the discovery of the ancient stone tools, and the Bronze Age Bride. As I have seen so far in archaeology, we often create timelines or attribute specific characteristics to different cultures and discoveries like these force us to reassess our data and generate a new story about all of the artifacts. But what surprised me the most about these finds is the fact that we are finding them just now. Many of these sited have already been excavated and new information and artifacts are revealed every day. It forces me to be curious about all the other amazing perspective altering discoveries that are out there waiting to be uncovered.