University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Rosemary A. Joyce

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The Birth of Mesoamerican Pyramids

By: Rosemary A. Joyce

In 1519, The first Europeans to visit Tenochtitlan saw a massive pyramid supporting twin temples looming over the capital city of the Mexica, or Aztecs. Today, based on archaeolog­ical research and interpretations of 16th century documents, Tenochtitlan’s great temple is understood as a sacred mountain, a replica of Coatepec (“serpent hill”), a place described in […]