Lost Kingdoms of Central America: Teotihuacan

These Bones Of Mine

The Mexica, otherwise known as the Aztecs (1), called the city Teotihuacan in their Nahautl language, roughly meaning the place where time began.  Nestled in the Valley of Mexico the Pre-Colombian city of Teotihuacan is one of the archaeological jewels of Mexico, where the pyramids of the Moon and the Sun dominate the 4km long Avenue of the Dead.  Situated around this planned civic ceremonial complex were the residential barrios of the population, largely organised along ethnic lines, consisting of open plazas surrounded by inward looking residential compound (Goodman 1999).  The 16th century rulers of Tenochtitlan, the powerful city-state at the centre of the Aztec Empire now located under modern-day Mexico City, regarded Teotihuacan as the foundation of Central American civilization  (Evans 2008).  As Dr Jago Cooper of the British Museum recounts in the new BBC series Lost Kingdoms of Central America, the city of…

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