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Mysteries of the Moon Pyramid

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« on: April 04, 2008, 02:44:27 am »

The excavations also reveal a major jump in size and complexity occurring with the construction of pyramid four. It underwent a major remodeling that altered its alignment to conform with the city's precise grid structure. In addition, the remodeling involved the first use on the Pyramid of the Moon of the "talud-tablero" architectural style, common to other monuments on the site.




PONDERING. Archaeologist Saburo Sugiyama looks for clues about a vanished civilization in a 2,000 year-old sacrificial grave.

As the digging proceeds, Sugiyama expects to locate additional burial sites, especially in the early versions of the pyramid, where primitive loose rock construction may have discouraged looters. And he believes he knows where to look next. "We have noticed that this tomb is a few feet to the east of the city's north-south axis," said Sugiyama. "These people were generally very precise and they rarely did anything unsymetrically."

But whatever the team discovers about the Teotihuacan's culture, it may not solve the biggest mystery of all--why this 2,000 year old civilization disappeared. What may have been the largest metropolis in the Americas was already a ghost town by the time the Aztecs arrived. They gave its great buildings, boulevards and plazas their present names but, they never moved in. The Aztecs called it the "Place of the Gods," where, they believed, the world was created.


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