FIELD TRIPS: Teotihuacan or Bust

Science  22 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5500, pp. 2207c
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5500.2207c

Long before Buckingham Palace and Trump Tower, the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan was building to impress. Tour this ancient site's spectacular pyramids and read about ongoing excavations at the Teotihuacan Home Page. Archaeologists from Arizona State University in Tempe, Aichi Provincial University in Japan, and the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History dig up features for specialists and the curious alike.

Located about 40 kilometers from modern Mexico City, Teotihuacan was a regional power and economic center for more than 500 years before burning in the 7th century A.D. Maps orient you to the city's layout, and panoramic videos look along the vast Avenue of the Dead or set you atop the 63-meter-high Sun Pyramid.

To delve deeper, check out photo-packed, detailed reports of graves found beneath the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, an important ceremonial monument adorned with intricate carvings. Over the past 20 years, archaeologists have disinterred nearly 140 skeletons and a wealth of grave goods, from obsidian figurines to greenstone nose pendants. Updates cover recent discoveries, such as different kinds of tombs found under the Pyramid of the Moon that may mark a shift in the culture.

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