Mexico's lost city

Full story: NewsTimes.com
In the highlands in the center of Mexico, Teotihuacan stands in place, its pyramids, temples and grand avenue intact in a display of astonishingly precise engineering. Full Story
Matt

Avellaneda, Argentina

#3 Nov 18, 2007
Nice article. I've had the opportunity to visit Teotihuacan on several trips to Mexico City. What Miller failed to mention in his article is that the top of the Sun and Moon pyramids there served as the base for mass executions conducted under the auspices of offering gifts to their "gods" - people from the surrounds were beheaded and their corpses and skulls were tossed down the pyramids. That aside, it is a quite enchanting place to visit if anyone is ever in Mexico City.
Hugh Manatee

Portland, CT

#4 Nov 18, 2007
If you enjoy historical novels, one of the most amazing books I've ever read was "Aztec" by Gary Jennings.
Kim Goldsmith PhD

Texcoco, Mexico

#7 Nov 25, 2007
To Matt from Argentina....I'm glad you've had the opportunity to visit Teo., it is such a wonderful site! While there certainly WERE human sacrifices there, what we know about dismemberment and decapitation followed by a roll down the pyramids is information for the much later Aztec pyramids in Tenochtitlan (what is today downtown Mexico City), and there is no direct archaeological evidence to support that particular fact at Teotihuacan.
Also, for the record, it is a misstatement in the article that there were no warriors at Teotihuacan. On the contrary -- images of warriors, their dress and their weapons are abundant in some of the ceramics and remaining mural paintings at the site.
To the author of the article, I enjoyed it very much and thank him for his coverage. I also wish to thank Dr. Bethany Morrison, the university and all the terrific folks who attended the talks for making it all possible. I hope more people will be able to come and visit this amazing example of prehispanic Mesoamerican culture.
Kim Goldsmith PhD

Texcoco, Mexico

#8 Nov 25, 2007
P.S. Just wanted to add that while it is true I have made my share of contributions to Teotihuacan archaeology, there are many, many more researchers than myself that are collectively responsable for the great strides we have made in the interpretation of the site, the exploration of which stems back some 100 years.

Also, just to be a bit more precise, the temple rooms on the tops of the pyramids were made with stone walls covered by wooden roofs that were then concreted and stuccoed over. By the same token, I would not personally classify the suburban housing as "small", seeing as there are over 2,000 large compounds spread over the 8 miles that we estimate to have housed about 100 people each.

Nonetheless, I would like to once again point out that I am extremely pleased with this journalist's reporting of my talk. I spoke for an hour, and while there was a lot information that I covered quite thouroughly, it is understandably difficult to cram too much detail for the full nearly 900-year lifetime of the city in 60 minutes.
snoopy69

Middlefield, CT

#9 Nov 25, 2007
Kim Goldsmith PhD wrote:
P.S. Just wanted to add that while it is true I have made my share of contributions to Teotihuacan archaeology, there are many, many more researchers than myself that are collectively responsable for the great strides we have made in the interpretation of the site, the exploration of which stems back some 100 years.
Also, just to be a bit more precise, the temple rooms on the tops of the pyramids were made with stone walls covered by wooden roofs that were then concreted and stuccoed over. By the same token, I would not personally classify the suburban housing as "small", seeing as there are over 2,000 large compounds spread over the 8 miles that we estimate to have housed about 100 people each.
Nonetheless, I would like to once again point out that I am extremely pleased with this journalist's reporting of my talk. I spoke for an hour, and while there was a lot information that I covered quite thouroughly, it is understandably difficult to cram too much detail for the full nearly 900-year lifetime of the city in 60 minutes.


And is quite a pleasure to have a person that follow up on the story adjust it and correct it , we could feel the passion that you have about your culture and your work , thanks for sharing with us .

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