This story was sent by so many of you that it bears some commentary. My problem in commenting about it, however, was which version of this story to select. But these two, from the UK's The Guadian and the USA's Newsweek will do as well as any:

Liquid mercury found under Mexican pyramid could lead to king's tomb

Liquid Mercury Found in Mexican Pyramid Could Hold Secrets of Teotihuacan

There are a number of curious - and predictable - feastures of this story, which for our purposes we shall focus on The Guardian's presentation. The first, and most obvious, is the standard temptation to explain the unusual presence of mercury at the Pyramid of the Serpent in terms of the usual line that this was all about royal funery arrangements and "religion":

"Gómez speculated to Reuters that the mercury could be a sign that his team is close to uncovering the first royal tomb ever found in Teotihuacan after decades of excavation – and centuries of mystery surrounding the leadership of the cryptic but well-preserved city.

"The mercury may have symbolized an underworld river or lake, Gómez postulated, an idea that resonated with Annabeth Headreck, a professor at the University of Denver and the author of works on Teotihuacan and Mesoamerican art.

"The shimmering, reflective qualities of liquid mercury may have resembled “an underworld river, not that different from the river Styx,” Headrick said, “if only in the concept that it’s the entrance to the supernatural world and the entrance to the underworld.”

“'Mirrors were considered a way to look into the supernatural world, they were a way to divine what might happen in the future,' she said. 'It could be a sort of river, albeit a pretty spectacular one.'

"Joyce said that archaeologists know that scintillation fascinated the ancient people generally, and that the liquid mercury may have been regarded as 'somewhat magical … there for ritual purposes or symbolic purposes.'

"Headrick said that mercury was not the only object of fascination: 'a lot of ritual objects were made reflective with mica,' a sparkling mineral likely imported to the region."

Except, there's something of a fly in the ointment, or rather, perhaps a whole lot of flies, and that is simply that no recovery of a "royal tomb" has yet been discovered "after decades of excavation." In other words, in site of all the archaeological theory about rituals and mirrors and divination, the key piece of evidence that would confirm these ideas is utterly missing. It's rather like that inconvenient fact that no "king" or "queen" was ever found in the "King's Chamber" and "Queen's chamber" in the Great Pyramid. Indeed, the names of those interior structures inside the Great Pyramid were chosen in deference to the reigning archaeological theory. It was a convenient way of stamping the theory onto the structure in the absence of evidence to support it.

Now, I'm not saying for a moment that no tomb can or ever will be found under any of the pyramids of Teotihuacan. What I am saying is that one cannot rush to the decision that if such a discovery was made, that it would be contemporaneous to the civiliation that actually constructed the monuments (if monuments they were). Only careful dating of such a discovery, coupled with close argumentation, could establish this.

What disturbs me here, as it probably disturbed the many people who sent me various versions of this story, is the rush to impose the "standard" view of archaeology that the discovery of mercury, like mica, at Teotihuacan must have something to do with the primitive and mildly entertaining superstitutions of the "backward" people that built the site. What is nowhere entertained is the idea that the presence of such elements might indicate something far different about the structures, namely, that they may have been constructed as some sort of machine. Mercury is well known, of course, as a principal element in alchemical experiments. But it is also useful for experiments in plasmas, and a variety of other uses. Mica of course is useful as an electrical insulator and a dialectric.

It was the late Peter Tompkins, who was rumored to have intelligence connections, who put the problems posed by such things very plainly in his remarkable book, Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids(Harper and Row, 1976):

"An unpublished find on the fifth level (of the Pyramid of the Sun) has never been adequately explained. While the Sun Pyramid was first being probed by Batres in 1906, an archeologist working with him reported a thick sheet of mica covering the top of the fifth body. This material was apparently carried away during the course of the restoration.

"Coincidentally, a 'Temple of Mica' was also found to the south of the Sun Pyramid about 350 meters down the Way of the Dead, where the local guard will still let one peek through a glass panel at the floor covered with mica slabs. Mica has two outstanding characteristics: high electrical resistance and opaqueness to fast neutrons. Hence it acts as as insulator or nuclear reaction moderator, which raises the question as to why two separate areas of Teotihuacan were covered with mica."(p. 202, emphasis added)

Tompkins is clearly implying, though stopping just short of explicitly stating it, that maybe the unusual presence of mica had less to do with presumed ritual, religious, or superstitous beliefs, and more to do with some unknown machine-like or scientific purpose. Given the huge redundant encoding of the mathematics of tetrahedral structures discovered at Teotihuacan by the American Harleston (documented at some length in Tompkins' book), one can only surmise that whoever built Teotihuacan had a thorough and sophisticated knowledge not only of astronomy but of mathematical structures, and this raises, to my mind at least, the possibility that a machine-like hypothesis for the Teotihuacan structures should at least be considered. At the very lest, the presence of mercury and mica, with their potential uses in nuclear technologies, should give even an archaeologist pause.

But then again, I'm not going to hold my breath either.

See you on the flip side...


Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Doc Skinner on May 21, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I totally agree with the direction this blog is leading – this pyramid is not a tomb, it’s very likely a machine. Even if you do find a burial, its a later day re-purposing of some numbskull king ‘just because’ he could. It makes sense, the later day tenants did succumb to human sacrifice, so why not a royal burial too?

    When you mention mercury and mica in the same breath to an electrical engineer a machine instantly comes to mind. This pyramid has Tesla experiment written all over it. Something tells me all these pyramids can be easily refitted (not repurposed) to their original function. What’s scary is that this ‘refit’might be post-apocalyptic, like after another Carrington event.

  2. yankee phil on May 6, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Lets take a lesson from Dr. Farrell and try to make sense of these mercury and mica findings in the temple area. The temples themselves are quite sophisticated structures technically so why would the leadership dance for rain when obviously they were a technically advanced civilization for the times. Looking for machinery or even complimentary technical apparatus that would support an interaction with advanced machinery( the electromagnetic properties of the alter blueprints set out in the old testiment springs to mind). This makes more sense than some superstitious worship device. Ancient does not mean stupid.

  3. observerone on May 6, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Since the area had so much gold I would think that maybe it is related to that. Perhaps the sacrifices came when the ‘magic’ of those making the gold stopped, ie change in cosmos alignments and other issues. Surely something to think about. Even those that study the use of mercury in fuels for flying vehicles work in that area, too as some believe the top of some of those pyramid type buildings were landing bases for such vehicles. Hum.

    • ERROR 418 on May 15, 2015 at 1:51 am

      I agree.
      Any gold miners here ?
      Mercury is the easy way to collect the smallest particulates of gold – smaller than visible flakes. Mercury also has a lower vaporization point than gold. The old miners used to roll mercury around in the bottom of the gold pans to pick up the trace amounts of gold, then hollow out a potato, drop in the mercury, plug the potato, and toss it in the fire pit. After the fire burned down they would remove the potato, and a button of gold would be in the hollow. All the mercury would be in the potato which you could then feed to your claim partner so you could have the whole claim to yourself. LOL – Just kidding.
      But yes, Mercury was and still is used for gold reclimation.

  4. Kahlypso on May 6, 2015 at 6:16 am

    as a side note.. in the Guardian article, they link to another discovery of clay balls covered with jarosite.
    The following extract is from wikipedia from the Jarosite article.

    In 2004 jarosite was detected on Mars by a Mössbauer spectrometer on the MER-B rover, which has been interpreted as strong evidence that Mars once possessed large amounts of liquid water.

    Mysterious spheres of clay, 1.5 to 5 inches in diameter, covered with jarosite have recently been discovered beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent an ancient six level stepped pyramid 30 miles from Mexico City.

  5. Kahlypso on May 6, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Funny co-incidence.. Jeremiah 26:9-11 starts with “How Dare You.”
    For the Mr Clinton How Dare You – with the cheesy laughing behind it. Sounds like an episode of Bewitched.
    Mercury Hg Element 80 – Gold Au Element 79.
    There is a lot of science that we have lost to the shroud of history and myth. I believe that resonance has a lot to do the mechanics of reality. I believe that we are missing a large relevant piece to the puzzle.

  6. sjy1969 on May 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Wonder if there is any sign of machinery (present or previously removed) in those tombs that could be used to spin up that there mercury.

  7. dinska on May 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

    The burial chamber of the first Emperor of China supposedly has the same “rivers of mercury”:

    “Mercury was used to simulate the hundred rivers, the Yangtze and Yellow River, and the great sea, and set to flow mechanically. Above were representation of the heavenly constellations, below, the features of the land. Candles were made from fat of “man-fish”, which is calculated to burn and not extinguish for a long time. ”

    Here is the 2015 article on the chemical research that seems to verify it:

    “n the 1980s Chinese researchers found that the soil in the burial mound above the tomb contains mercury concentrations way above those elsewhere in the vicinity. Now some archaeologists working on the site believe that the body of the First Emperor may indeed lie amidst vast puddles of the liquid metal.”

    • Joseph P. Farrell on May 15, 2015 at 2:32 am

      I stand corrected! Thanks for the reminder Dinska!

  8. Freefall on May 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Funny how things go !! .. Two night ago I began re-watching the Raiders of the Lost Ark series (last night “the Crystal Skulls) with different eyes (so to speak) .. not so much fiction but as documentaries .. In fact, from what I have learnt since my last viewing .. there is not too much fiction in them at all .. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist for come to the conclusion that most of these priceless antiquities are not so much funerary garb (as nearly always cited by the “experts”) but indeed highly sophisticated interactive forms of technology .. they DID things .. including the structures that housed such objects .. Nothing to see here .. move on folks .. it’s all good .. nothing to see … Typical diversionary tactics ….

    • ERROR 418 on May 15, 2015 at 2:24 am

      Right On !
      If you want lies, watch the news.
      If you want to know what it really going on behind the back of the American public, pay attention to the movies – they slip truths in to acclimate the public to the hidden reality of what’s really happening.

  9. marcos toledo on May 4, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Thing the jumped to my mind is that Mercury is present in the tomb of Shin Qin Huang first Emperor of China surrounding his sarcophagus. Which brings up the question was traces of Mercury found at the Giza pyramids as well and what would have it been use for in the first place. Then there is this meme that our ancestors were all religious obsess seeing the gods in everything they did throughout their lives. Yes Mercury is used in Gold production so what was really going on at Teotihacan that is the real question.

    • jedi on May 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      There were giants in those days, men of reknown…ra…light, knowledge …knowing…the first emperor…Qi isn’t his tomb in the great white pyramid that is off limits?

      Q is pronounced ch….q rise.
      rev 6 6…double Fibonacci sequence?…(2 brothers built the complex, or so the fables go)..the double dna helix.

      according to…..cant think of his name, a pretty good giza researcher, anyway he stated that mercury was discovered in the air shafts….which if you think about it expanding when heated and those two hooks in the shaft being hooked upto something…

      ah…the good ole days when hookers were a thing to hang your coat upon.

  10. basta on May 4, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I’m so glad that you mentioned the mica floors, because when I first saw this announcement about having unearthed liquid mercury, I immediately thought of the floors, and wondered just exactly what those New World “primitives” were doing with these not-very-spiritually-resonant materials in that vast “sacred… ceremonial… yada-yada-yada” pyramid complex.

    • Guygrr on May 4, 2015 at 8:48 am

      What do you mean by not spiritually resonant?

      • basta on May 4, 2015 at 9:02 am

        It was a mostly a snarky comment mocking the nonsense that the ‘expert-textperts’ were spouting in the article that Joseph cited. These are prototypical materials of science, not of spirituality, and the lengths to which these people will blather to come up with an explanation that fits the pyramids=ceremonial centers paradigm makes them ripe for ridicule.

        What Joseph didn’t mention about the mica “floors” is that they are in actuality a strata of mica slabs, and that they were unearthed/pentrated when excavations were done inside the pyramids. Even moreso than at Giza, there are no large interior volumes inside the pyramids at Theotihuacan, and these “floors” had no rooms above them–they are layers, or barriers if you will. There are passages inside the structures, but little else.

        Now, the question arises (at least to any thinking person, but not the indoctrinated “expert”), Why would you lay down such a costly and unusual “floor” if you are then going to immediately bury it under a vast pyramid?

        • basta on May 4, 2015 at 9:10 am

          stratum, sorry.

    • DanaThomas on May 4, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Mica is also an ingredient in alchemical medicine in India, especially Siddha Medicine in Tamil Nadu.

  11. jedi on May 4, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Mercury is used in gold recovery….it expands when energized….like water when it isn’t.

    “do not harm the oil and the wine”.

  12. Guygrr on May 4, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I’d like to know where exactly the liquid mercury was found and what it was contained in. Was it encased in pottery, channels carved into the mica (hence the idiotic river hypothesis), or might it have been found in a pair of counterotating crystal/metal cylinders connected to the electrically conductive mica substructure?

    Anyone else catch the remark that there were various factions fighting for control of the city? Maybe this is where or how the sorcerers removed Quetzecoatal from his throne for refusing to practice human sacrifice. Better yet, maybe the old serpent god is imprisoned down there and they are about to let him out. If they sacrificed humans at the site, grating that energy into/through the imprisoned god could have been a form of torture. Something tells me if he’s released he’ll be a tad upset with the sorcerers of today.

    • Guygrr on May 4, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Oops mica is an insulator but the main points still hold provided there was a conductive substance inside the insulated ruins. Though it being an insulator makes the god prison scenario more probable.

  13. Robert Barricklow on May 4, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Like today’s “Free-Market”, the myths MUST BE Sustained.
    That includes those Ancient Myths as well.

    Like President-Puppet Clinton shouting “HOW DARE YOU!!!”
    to a man who stated that 9/11 was an inside job.

    Even today there’s a report of slashing the investigators following the money trail of billions of dollars gone missing in Afghanistan. Certainly wouldn’t want to expose that hidden system of finance.

    On every front,
    the myths are crumbling,
    as truth keeps marching on…

    • Delurking on May 4, 2015 at 8:58 am

      “Like President-Puppet Clinton shouting “HOW DARE YOU!!!”
      to a man who stated that 9/11 was an inside job.”

      LOL! Good one! Somehow this one got by me completely. Have to find a clip of it. We are talking about Bill, not Hitlery, right?

      • Robert Barricklow on May 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        Unfortunately, in the video, the shouter in that was in the front row didn’t immediately respond. Although the clip terminated rather quickly.
        [I imagine if he had responded in-kind,
        the veg o’matic editor would have altered it].

        • 8thdegreeofj on May 6, 2015 at 10:20 pm

          Had the shouter retorted back they probably would have been tased. Bro.

    • Delurking on May 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

      “On every front,
      the myths are crumbling,
      as truth keeps marching on…”

      True for the likes of us who frequent sites such as this. But what of the great mass of cowards masquerading as morons who continue to allow their intelligence to be insulted by the likes of FauxNews and CNN? I do not see anything changing until I see members of the great mass of cowards masquerading as morons throwing their idiot boxes out their windows. And unfortunately I do not see that happening anytime soon. Would love to be proven wrong though.

      • Robert Barricklow on May 4, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        It is happening; but so is the engineered hate.
        Ridicule is a weapon that I use in dialogue & writing.

        I’m continually reminded of the Daffy Duck clip where Bugs Bunny is getting accolade after accolade, as Daffy sits front-row-and-center at this Bug’s spectacle of Our System Can Achieve Results[OSCAR] Hollywooded theater performances.
        Daffy is slowly sinking to the floor from his seat exclaiming,
        “EASY STOMACH!

        • DanaThomas on May 5, 2015 at 1:16 am

          Buddhist traditions has developed an extensive analysis of the bad consequences of negative speech (which includes writing of course). These days this is something to be careful about – for our own sakes.

          • Robert Barricklow on May 5, 2015 at 8:28 am

            “To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” – The Buddha

            “Seriously, I don’t know when that UFO landed and dumped all these stupid people, but they apparently aren’t coming back for them.” – Daffy Duck

  14. DanaThomas on May 4, 2015 at 6:51 am

    OK, back in the 19th century, with the flowering of early archaeology in Mesopotamia, it was culturally understandable that just about everything they found was classifeid as some kind of “ritual object” – shorthand for saying that they did not know what it was. But now there is no longer any excuse to ignore probable remains of early technologies.
    As South American research slowly emerges from the Anglosphere conditioning, we might see interesting multidisciplinary developments – in the PUBLIC sphere.

    • DanaThomas on May 4, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Let’s see if this story just evaporates, like liquid mercury – or “blows away” like Petrie’s white powder in the Mount Horeb temple – or if there is some serious follow-up.

  15. Lost on May 4, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Mercury close to gold in neutron count.

    • observerone on May 6, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Since the area had so much gold I would think that maybe it is related to that. Perhaps the sacrifices came when the ‘magic’ of those making the gold stopped, ie change in cosmos alignments and other issues. Surely something to think about. Even those that study the use of mercury in fuels for flying vehicles work in that area, too as some believe the top of some of those pyramid type buildings were landing bases for such vehicles. Hum.

      • Lost on May 7, 2015 at 4:48 am

        Claims about pyramids being a landing pad for flying craft are a distraction.

        There’s no evidence linking south American pyramids and spun mercury–the tale comes from India, but it doesn’t involve pyramids, and the authenticity is debatable.

        Cosmic alignments would seem to be of greater reality.

        • 8thdegreeofj on May 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

          Hollywood staked a claim on this subject when they portrayed a ginormous pyramid shaped craft landing on top of a smaller earth-based pyramid in the movie Stargate. Of course in the movie it’s a little bit strange to land the craft that way as it appears to be totally surrounded by sand dunes whereas in real life the great pyramid at Giza is founded on the largest stone platform ever constructed..

        • ERROR 418 on May 15, 2015 at 3:00 am

          That’s right.
          The specific book (one of them anyway) is the channeled work called the “Vaimanika Shastra.” A good link follows that contains some pretty interesting research links and another article dealing w/ this subject. –>

          • ERROR 418 on May 15, 2015 at 3:17 am

            Here’s another page from the same site that might be of interest. Be Careful though. These pages are linked with “Above Top Secret” or ATS which is known for spreading disinformation.

        • ERROR 418 on May 15, 2015 at 4:22 am

          Oh BTW:
          Here’s one more interesting tid-bit about the pyramids at Giza.[I know – I’m a bit off tangent, but not many people are aware of this.] I’m pretty sure they served more than one purpose. They could have also been used as a double-gravitic, double-atmospheric pump.

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