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A Visit to Teotihuacan

Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014


There is something deeply moving about seeing the pyramids at Teotihuacan, about forty-five minutes north of the center of Mexico City. They are sobering reminders of the deep and incredibly rich culture of this country—they've towered above this basin for at least a millennium and a half—and yet there is still so much more to discover under the ground even in their immediate vicinity. Our guide here, one of the site's archaeologists, pointed to a bumpy field of cacti just beyond the monumental boulevard pictured here and said that each of the hillocks we saw probably hid yet another temple platform underneath.

Department(s): Development
Tag(s): Mexico

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Ian Alteveer is an associate curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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