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 Teotihuacan  Zenith 150 - 450 AD

 

clay mask from Teotihuacan 1B.C - 900 A.D.

Mexico in the Classic period ( 200 B.C. - 900 A.D.) there were three dominate cultures: Teotihuacan, Monte Albain and the Maya .The most important was the huge complex of Teotihuacan ' The place of the Gods ' as it was called by the Aztecs , who believed that it was built by a race of giants .It is located 30 miles from Mexico City .The city measured over 12 square miles, in the core of which was a ceremonial center occupying 2 square miles .The city was one of the largest in the world at the time, with a population estimated to be 200,000 and was held in awe by following cultures .

 

 

 Archeology of Teotihuacan, Mexico

 

 

 

A mural called the Paradise of Tlaloc ( the water god ), one of the first murals in Mexico . Teotihuacan

For all their greatness, its rulers remain anonymous, nowhere have their portraits been discovered and no writtings have been found inscribed in their great city .Perhaps their written records were made on bark. Because of the lack of written records, the language and ethnic idenity of the Teotihuacans is unknown

Pyramid of the Sun

 

The most famous monument is the Pyramid of the Sun, which rises to a height of 215 feet .It was constructed around 150 A.D.It held a temple on top . A sacred cave has been located beneath the Pyramid of the Sun, which may have some relation to the Mesoamerican belief about the creaton of the world .The Pyramid of the Sun covers about the same area as the Great Pyramid in Egypt, but only half its height .

 

 

funerary mask from Teoihuacan 150-650 AD, a plant sign, perhaps maize, is on the forehead

 

Is there Pre-Columbian Writing at Teotihuacan?

This book discusses whether symbols at Teotihuacan are a writing system or not.

 

Teotihuacan temple for the plumed serpant Quetzalcoatal (the dragon looking creature is Quetzalcoatal) next to it is Tlaloc, god of rain

 

 

 

 

 

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