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On the first of May, the previously missing archaeologists—Kaitlyn Hamilton and Paul Guevara—finally made contact with the outside world. Guevara told the police that they got trapped in an ancient structure, which turned out to be the hidden Omiscan temple they have been looking for.

“We should’ve brought more gears with us,” says Hamilton. The two lost their machete when Hamilton tried to fish out a bag from a pond. After that, they got disoriented in the jungle and used up most of their supplies to insect and plasma bat attacks. “We were running away from a swarm of stinging hornets when we found the legendary temple, but we didn’t think much before ducking into it.”

The Omiscan Temple in broad daylight. (EXPEDITION & ADVENTURE)

Guevara told the SMT that he got carried away immediately after entering the ancient structure, thus forgetting the outside world. “we couldn’t believe what we’ve stumbled upon,” he says. In a press conference this morning, the archaeologists described the place as “full of danger and protective mechanisms.”

Hamilton and Guevara say that the temple is full of deadly traps. (PAUL GUEVARA)

“It became clear to us that only the Omiscans who were rich in knowledge were allowed… or shall I say ‘able’ to enter the temple,” says Guevara. “I was shot with a poisonous dart from activating a wrong contraption; luckily I pulled myself through without dying.” The team spent days passing through all the traps, and eventually they were led into a treasure hall. Soon the two realized that they were not enough to excavate the whole site and called the Expedition & Adventure (E&A) Salvadoradian branch to assist.

Value of History

By translating the temple engravings and talking to the skeletal guardians, Hamilton and Guevara have learned much about the life of the Omiscans. They also learned that the Omiscans had a religion of worshiping “Watchers,” which Hamilton believes is what ultimately became the “Plumbobs” we see today. “Soon we’ll publish our discoveries in the research paper,” says Hamilton.

An Omiscan temple guardian walking up the stairs. Guevara said they are usually friendly and harmless. (PAUL GUEVARA)

But knowledge was not the only thing that got enriched, the two archaeologists’ bank accounts were benefitted too. Upon arrival, E&A swiftly set up excavation sites and Pop Up Archaeology Work Bench™ tables. The artifacts they unearthed are estimated to worth at least §70,000. “That’s more than enough to fund for another mission,” Guevara says with excitement. “We’ll see if we can find the royal garden next time.”

The team excavating the ancient temple. Hamilton (r) is examining the artifacts. (EXPEDITION & ADVENTURE)
The team uncovered a rather uncommon Omiscan artifact, the Turquoise Mask of Khaas. (FILE IMAGE)