Oh dear. Because of the losses suffered due to the pandemic, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) decided that the archaeological project that involved exploring and studying a 2.5-mile-long, 400-year-old tunnel under Mexico City will be postponed. Therefore, archaeologists will need to cover up the dig due to the lack of funding to safeguard the site’s precious artifacts:
[...] The institute hopes that putting dirt back on top of the Indigenous artworks—which adorn a sluice gate from the early 1600s, part of early colonial Mexico City’s extensive flood control infrastructure—will be enough to keep it safe until someone has the means to properly build an on-site exhibit for the public.
The most remarkable artifacts found at the tunnel entrance were carved images of animals, gods, and other iconography, Mexico News Daily reported at the time, though nails and some of the original wood of the gate were also uncovered. Depictions of a bird’s head, raindrops, a war shield, and a temple structure were among the excavated artworks.
Image credit: Edith Camacho / INAH