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  Teotihuacan | Thematic Essay | Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Teotihuacan, located in the highlands of central Mexico, is one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites.
In plan, Teotihuacan is a complex urban grid filled with single- and multi-floor apartment compounds.
The ethnic identity of Teotihuacan's inhabitants is not known.
www.metmuseum.org /toah/hd/teot/hd_teot.htm   (499 words)

 Teotihuacan Introduction
Teotihuacan arose as a new religious center in the Mexican Highland, around the time of Christ.
Teotihuacan was the sixth largest city in the world during its period of greatest prosperity, according to an estimated population of 125,000 (Millon 1993:33).
The place was called Teotihuacan by Nahuatl speakers several centuries after the city's fall, but its original name, the language or languages spoken there, and the ethnic groups who built the city are still unknown.
archaeology.la.asu.edu /teo/intro/intrteo.htm   (449 words)

 About Teotihucan
(I was stunned to realize that Teotihuacan was at its apex while Europe was in the dark ages!) These cultures were extinguished or fast-fading by AD 900, and were replaced by the great states of the Post-Classic period, beginning with the Toltecs and culminating in the great empire of the Aztecs.
It was the Aztec civilization that the Spanish encountered when they invaded the New World in the early 1500's, bringing to an end at least fifteen thousand years of Native American history and destroying most of the records of this history in their religious zeal to eradicate paganism.
Teotihuacan was laid out shortly after the time of Christ on a grid plan that is consistently oriented to 15 degrees 25 minutes east of true north, suggesting that the planners must have been sophisticated surveyors.
www.corelight.org /teotihuacan/aboutteo.html   (1492 words)

Unlike the pyramids of Egypt, the pyramids at Teotihuacan aren't build of solid stone, instead they consist of stone and brick rubble covered with layers of cut stone, however they're still an extraordinary achievement, especially since all this was done without the benefit of pack animals, metal tools or the wheel.
Teotihuacan once occupied an area of over 30 square kilometers and had a population of between 150,000 and 200,000 people; in 600 AD it is estimated to have been the sixth largest city in the entire world.
Teotihuacan was the center of a large trading empire which included nearby cities such as Cholula as well as much more distant population centers like Tikal in present-day Guatemala, so there are also displays of trade items found at Teotihuacan which originated from other sites.
www.richard-seaman.com /Travel/Mexico/Teotihuacan/index.html   (2222 words)

Teotihuacan was a city from long ago, about 400 BC to 750 AD.
The people of Teotihuacan believed caves to be sacred, For this reason, the Pyramid of the Sun was built over one, so it would be a holy place.
Teotihuacan was not only a city of religion, but a city of trade and polotics.
members.tripod.com /elpage3/teotihua.htm   (1158 words)

 Galeria - FotografĂ­as de La Ciudad de MĂ©xico
Teotihuacan occupied an excellent strategic position in the route that unites, of natural form the valleys of Mexico City and Puebla, and that by the East, it reached the low and tropical lands of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, in the current state of Veracruz.
On the other hand, the adepts of the hypothesis of the invasion and drought of Teotihuacan, date this happenings towards the beginning of the VII century even before, around the year 500, this time is usually considered as Teotihuacan’s peak.
One thing only appears to be certain, in the beginnings of the VIII century, Teotihuacan, partially destroyed, deprived from its priestly elite and religious substance, abandoned by the majority of its inhabitants, it survived with a dark existence.
www.posadavienahotel.com.mx /historia1.htm   (2733 words)

 Teotihuacan   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The rise and fall of Teotihuacan coincide roughly with the rise and fall of the Roman Empire beginning around 600 BC, and going into decline around 650 AD before the city was sacked, burnt, and abandoned.
Teotihuacan is unique in the fact that the murals uncovered here do not depict the thematic violence or ritualistic sacrifices found in other ceremonial cites, they portray a society which seemed to be interested more in astronomy, and the benevolent Quetzalcoatl, represented by the plumed serpent.
The Pyramid of the mood at Teotihuacan appears to be as tall as the Pyramid of the Sun due to the fact that it is built on higher ground.
www.advantagemexico.com /mexico_city/teotihuacan.html   (583 words)

 Teotihuacan   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Teotihuacan was one of the earliest, largest, and most important prehispanic cities in the New World.
It has been suggested that we may know more about Teotihuacan than any ancient city, and it is an important testing ground for anthropological ideas about early urbanism, the emergence of early states, and complex society.
The "Zona Arqueológica" (the ceremonial core of Teotihuacan) is within walking distance, boasts two excellent museums, and provides the curious archaeology student with many hectares of ancient structures to explore.
www.stanford.edu /dept/anthsci/teotihuacan.html   (255 words)

 TEOTIHUACAN   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Teotihuacan begun importing green volcano-rock, since the local was grey, from the Navajas mountain in Hidalgo.
Teotihuacan art has something that does not change, and lives in the strength of its piramids aswell as in the esplendid stone masks or in the fine ceramics.
During the final era of the city (650-700 a.d.), teotihuacan society crumbles, but the total inhabited area is almost the same as in the times of its normal life and the number of inhabitants only diminishes slowly.
mexico.udg.mx /historia/precolombinas/ingles/Azteca/teotihuacan.html   (1362 words)

The ruins of Teotihuacan are found in the Valley of Mexico about 40 km from the ancient city of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), capital of the Mexica (Aztecs), in the mountains of central Mexico.
Teotihuacan was a vitally important religious and ceremonial center, a link to the ancient past of the Valley of Mexico.
Teotihuacan was meticulously planned in a complex grid pattern: for example every 57 metres there were street intersections.
www.delange.org /Teo/Teo.htm   (3241 words)

 ART 347L--Teotihuacan
The site of Teotihuacan emerged in the Valley of Mexico by 300 - 100 BC, and at its height in AD 600 would have held a population of c.
The name Teotihuacan is a Nahuatl one and means "place of the gods" or "place where one becomes a god." We do not know what name the Teotihuacanos had for their city, nor do we know what language was spoken at this major Central Mexican metropolis.
Much of the architecture at Teotihuacan is characterized by a distinct style referred to as talud-tablero.
www.utexas.edu /cofa/a_ah/dir/precol/teotihuacan.htm   (1097 words)

 Teotihuacan - tips by travel authority Howard Hillman
Teotihuacan is an extensive ancient religious complex near Mexico City.
Teotihuacan is best photographed in the early morning and late afternoon light (for contrasting shadows).
The Teotihuacan moniker was coined by the invading Aztecs, relative newbies.
www.hillmanwonders.com /teotihuacan/teotihuacan.htm   (490 words)

 Mexico History - The Classic Period, Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan, Cholula, Monte Alban and the foremost Mayan centers all reached their heights in this period.
Cult was rendered to a complex pantheon including gods and goddesses of the sun, moon, rain, water, fire and corn, in addition to the ubiquitous Plumed Serpent known in Nahuatl as Quetzalcoatl.
Teotihuacan was deliberately burned and plundered in the 7th century, its influence elsewhere suddenly ceasing.
www.mexconnect.com /mex_/hclassic1.html   (398 words)

 World Mysteries - Mystic Places: Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan's decline was almost as rapid as its rise to prominence.
Although Teotihuacan presents a puzzle to archaeologists because it was a huge city that appears to have arisen without antecedents, the single most important fact which archaeologists have learned about the Classic period in Mexico was the supremacy of Teotihuacan.
The Teotihuacan Valley is a side valley of the Valley of Mexico and is one of a number of natural basins in the midst of an extensive region of volcanoes, therefore, there are many caves formed from the tubes of old lava flows.
www.world-mysteries.com /mpl_7.htm   (2833 words)

A lot has been written about the ruins of Teotihuacan, and the purpose of this section is, as with the other sites mentioned, to give a description of most of the features worth visiting with images of each one.
Up to 200BC, there was moderate population of the Teotihuacan area, but this was followed by a veritable explosion in a hundred years in which one of the biggest cities of the world at that time was created.
Again, it is not clear whether this was the result of a fatal civil conflict or invasion from barbarians, but this event effectively ended Teotihuacan's position as an empire, although a skeleton population lived on in the ruined city for centuries to come.
www.geocities.com /atlantis01mx/st_mex_east/teotihuacan.htm   (2263 words)

 Teotihuacan, A Photo Gallery by James Q. Jacobs
A large stone statue from the ruins, housed in the Teotihuacan gallery of the Museum of Anthropology.
Excavations at Teotihuacan have revealed that older structures were infilled and built upon with newer buildings.
The interpretation of the art, iconography and symbolism at Teotihuacan has remained elusive, or, where proposed, often there are conflicting interpretations.
www.jqjacobs.net /mesoamerica/teotihuacan.html   (370 words)

In the older literature Teotihuacan was described as a culture based on reverence for divinity and sacredness, in contrast, for example, to the war-like an blood-soaked Aztec culture.
Teotihuacan is in the north-west corner of the Valley of Mexico, which is the largest stretch of relatively flat land, good for agriculture, in the whole of north central Mexico.
The people who controlled the settlement and construction of Teotihuacan may have been able to make a very powerful and convincing claim that they enjoyed the favour of the gods and that future success depended on the kind of development we now see as the ruins of Teotihuacan (although not under that name).
www.csms.ca /Teopagehtm.htm   (1436 words)

 Sacred Sites: Places of Peace and Power   (Site not responding. Last check: )
While it is certainly true that large parts of Teotihuacan are dateable according to the orthodox chronology, evidence is accumulating which indicates the possibility that the site was part of a planet-spanning sacred geography of an advanced civilization in archaic times.
Teotihuacan ‘cardinal directions’ are thus rotated with respect to the ‘true’ cardinal directions and tilted one further degree from each other for symbolic reasons.
Teotihuacan collapsed a couple of centuries thereafter, and it is therefore unlikely that Teotihuacan astronomers were able to realize that the alignment was not accurate any more due to precession.
www.sacredsites.com /americas/mexico/teotihuacan.html   (1257 words)

 teotihuacan   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Teotihuacan, located in the valleys of Mexico and Puebla, rises up like an important religious and commercial center from 200 to 750 years after Christ.
Approximately 200 hundred thousand in population, the teotihuacans formed an urban society, divided in social classes and professional groups, referring to a wide civilization.
The architecture of Teotihuacan is one of the most beautiful in the world, it was a city full of colors where the painted murals, the sculptures and other arts dominated in its time.
www.experience-mexico.com /teotihuacan.htm   (206 words)

 Part Two: The Mysteries of Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan rose out of nowhere, in archaeological terms, and grew to a level of supremacy unsurpassed for its time.
Some theories hold that Teotihuacan, as early as AD 1-150 was designed as a "utopia" by its early settlers-a promise to the gods to live in harmony for the common good of all, to protect the earth, and to serve as the "keepers of the cosmos."
In the beginning, Teotihuacan was a peaceful state, full of settlers bustling with the building of their city.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/history_mesoamerica_retired/22735   (463 words)

 Teotihucan.History Mexico for Kids
It is hard to believe that this was built by a people who did not know metal tools, had no beasts of burden, and did not use even simple machines to aid them in their constructions.
The ceremonial zone of Teotihuacan was surrounded by a great urban concentration, which, according to researchers, had between 125 thousand and 250 thousand inhabitants during its peak, and covered an area of 20 square kilometers.
At Teotihuacan, the gods are depicted in paintings and sculptures, and, with different names, were later worshipped by other Mesoamerican peoples.
www.elbalero.gob.mx /kids/history/html/conquista/teo.html   (401 words)

 Teotihuaca - Estado De Mexico
Teotihuacan, el lugar donde los hombres se vuelven dioses, es una zona arqueológica localizada en el Estado de México, entre los poblados de San Juan Teotihuacan y San Martín de las Pirámides, a 48 Km.
Teotihuacan, which means the place where men become gods, is an archaeological zone in the State of Mexico.
Not only does Teotihuacan boast one of Mesoamerica’s most splendid examples of ancient architecture, but it is also a very spiritual place, according to those who continue to observe pre-Hispanic traditions.
www.mexicoviajes.info /teotihuacanindex.html   (261 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Teotihuacan at Epinions.com
Teotihuacan is a place where history and art and anthropology and archaeology all come together in a fascinating mileau of wonder.
Fortunately, the Teotihuacans were thoughtful architects and built several wide plaza areas in tiers along the way up, so there are some natural resting places to take a load off, snap a few pictures, then work up the strength and will power to huff and puff up to the next level.
Teotihuacan itself was about 8 times that size with ruins scattered throughout an area of about 60 square miles.
www.epinions.com /content_143295549060   (1606 words)

 2/2/98 Teotihuacan, Mexico
Conservative archaeological theory regarding Teotihuacan will tell you that by 100 BC the place was well on its way to being a densely populated city and that by 700 AD it had become the greatest city that Mesoamerica would produce in Pre-Columbian times.
Its current name Teotihuacan - "the place of the gods" - was given to it by the Aztecs long after the city’s decline and abandonment.
Teotihuacan has been an enigma to all who have wandered its desolate grounds.
www.sacredsites.com /pilgrimages/latin_america/first_update/2298.html   (2312 words)

 Mezoamerican Archaeology: Teotihuacan: Mesoamerica's Largest City
Teotihuacan was the largest city in Mesoamerica prior to Aztec Tenochtitlan.
City living increased the distance between Teotihuacan's who were farmers (80% of the population) and their agricultural fields, increasing their energy expenditure and travel time.
This pyramid may have contained the tomb of one of the early rulers of Teotihuacan, but the center of the pyramid had been entered and looted in prehispanic times, so we are not sure if a royal burial was present.
www.indiana.edu /~arch/saa/matrix/ma/ma_mod11.html   (1885 words)

 New Tomb at Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Sun was built directly over the cave in the second century A.D. Plan of Teotihuacan (Lynda D'Amico) (left) [LARGER IMAGE] Location of the tomb within the Pyramid of the Moon (drawing based on Juan Acosta, 1978; trenches and location of tomb from author's notes) (right) [LARGER IMAGE]
Teotihuacan had lain in ruins for nearly six centuries when the nomadic Mexica tribes, the Aztecs, wandered into the Valley of Mexico.
The inhabitants of Teotihuacan were a multiethnic population who worshiped a goddess, possibly the embodiment of Cerro Gordo ("Fat Hill"), a sacred mountain just north of the site associated with the goddess cult and the region's fertility.
www.archaeology.org /online/features/mexico   (1608 words)

 Mexico City.- Teotihuacan
It is a divine yet human city, patterned with streets and dwelling places which bore witness to bustling activity and into which men and goods entered and exited from the Valley of Mexico, Puebla, Tlaxcala, and even from as far south as the Mixteca and Tehuantepec regions.
The ceremonial center is laid out in symbolic representation of two axes; the north-south axis is named the Avenue of the Dead from which, akin to the wings of a butterfly, buildings, palaces, plazas and altars extend to either side.
Although this era drew to a close with the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th Century, the patterns of life, urban designs, cycles of production and the social life of Teotihuacan are to this day reflected in the mirror of ages.
www.mexicocity.com.mx /teoti_i.html   (390 words)

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