Plaza of the Columns at Teotihuacan: Scope, Goals and Expectations of a New International Project


Summer 2015, the Plaza of the Columns Project began a multi-year collaborative investigation of two large residential/ceremonial complexes that remained unexplored at Teotihuacan’s ceremonial core: Plaza of the Columns and its symmetric counterpart called Plaza North of the Sun Pyramid. The former comprises the largest three-temple complex with the fourth highest pyramid, a main plaza (11,408 m2) larger than the Sun Pyramid plaza, and deep occupational layers that could provide information about Teotihuacan’s urban foundation. These qualities make this set of complexes a primary candidate to directly addresses some of the unresolved questions about Teotihuacan: how was the Teotihuacan state governance organized, and how did this vary over time? The project aims to define the Plaza of the Columns complex as a palace through closely delimiting the architectural complexes, what activities took place in these distinct areas, and who resided in this exclusive compounds. Based on a 120 Km2 LiDAR map our team recently created, the project’s first season focused on elaborating a three dimensional detailed map of the area under investigation, defining the architectural features and extent of the complex through establishing a dynamic collaborative team integrating students and researchers from Mexico, United States and Japan.

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Plaza of the Columns at Teotihuacan: Scope, Goals and Expectations of a New International Project. Nawa Sugiyama, Saburo Sugiyama, Verónica Ortega Cabrera, William L. Fash. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403539)


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