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Archaeologists Edge Closer to Solving the Mysteries of Teotihuacán

After decades of investigation, fresh clues are emerging from Mexico’s City of Gods
pyramid of the sun


PYRAMID OF THE SUN is the largest structure in the ancient city of Teotihuacán in Mexico.
Credit: Steve Mirsky

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For decades archaeologists have puzzled over the ruins of the ancient city of Teotihuacán in Mexico. In the July Scientific American science writer Erik Vance reports on recent finds that are transforming researchers’ understanding of this enigmatic place and the people who lived there. For more on Teotihuacán, check out the resources below.

Teotihuacán. René Millon in Scientific American, Vol. 216, pages 38–48; June 1967.

Teotihuacán: Art from the City of the Gods. Edited by Kathleen Berrin and Esther Pasztory. Thames and Hudson, 1993.

Gender and Mortuary Ritual at Ancient Teotihuacán, Mexico: a Study of Intrasocietal Diversity. Sarah C. Clayton in Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1; 2011.

Human Sacrifice, Militarism and Rulership: Materialization of State Ideology at the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, Teotihuacán. By Saburo Sugiyama. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

The Urban Organization of Teotihuacán, Mexico. George L. Cowgill in Settlement and Society, edited by Elizabeth C. Stone, pages 261–295. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007.

The Teotihuacán Trinity: The Sociopolitical Structure of an Ancient Mesoamerican City. By Annabeth Headrick. University of Texas Press, 2007.

This article was originally published with the title "Gods of Blood & Stone."

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