Daring photographer plunges the depths to capture these stunning pictures of an ancient Mayan pit

A daring photographer has plunged the depths to capture these stunning pictures of an ancient Mayan sinkhole.

Light flitters down from above on three divers diving in a 400ft sinkhole deep in the Mexican jungle.

Light flitters down from above on three divers diving in a 400ft sinkhole deep in the Mexican jungle.

The 400ft pit in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, is believed to be an ancient sacrificial Mayan site filled with animal and human bones.

The spectacular pictures were taken by American underwater photographer and scuba instructor Troy Iloski, who travelled with local tour guides Antonio Molina Piquard, Anna Nicolaus and Bernardo Miranda.

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Diver Anna Nicolaus (R)

Troy said: “I think the ancient Mayans use this giant hole for sacrifice or burial.

“The pit is an amazing sinkhole inside the deep jungle, an upstream branch of the Sistema Dos Ojos in Mexico.

The sinkhole from both below and above

The sinkhole from both below and above

“The amazing sun rays penetrated 100ft into the depths and crash into a cloud of hydrogen sulphate – it was spectacular.

“Under the white cloud we found an animal skeleton, a human jaw with four molars and the remains of what seemed to be an old fire place with small burnt bones.

Antonio Molina Piquard -Tour Guide, Scuba Instructor and an expert on the sinkhole (r) and diagram showing the team's route (l)

Antonio Molina Piquard -Tour Guide, Scuba Instructor and an expert on the sinkhole (r) and diagram showing the team’s route (l)

In the middle of the sinkhole there was a pile of rocks, ceramics, animals and human bones.”