Divers uncover ancient offerings in volcano’s lake
"They were left in the lake to bring rain storms."
- Stanislaw Iwaniszewski, lead researcher
Nevado de Toluca, Mexico - Archaeologists diving into a lake in the crater of a snowcapped volcano found wooden scepters shaped like lightning bolts that match 500-year-old descriptions by Spanish priests and conquerors writing about offerings to the Aztec rain god.
The lightning bolts -- along with cones of copal incense and obsidian knives -- were found during scuba-diving expeditions in one of the twin lakes of the extinct Nevado de Toluca volcano, at more than 13,800 feet above sea level.