Urbanization at Teotihuacán, Mexico, Volume One: The Teotihuacán Map

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Author: Millon, René (1921- )

Year: 1973

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Place: Austin

Description:

2 parts: xvi+154 pages with 60 illustrations, 3 maps, and index; xiii+[1] pages +147 pairs of individual map sheets (acetate overlay interpretations sheet, paper field data sheet), The rear board has a large pocket which contains three large fold out maps (Map 1: Archaeological and Topographical 1:10 000, Map 2: Archaeological and Topographical (North Central Zone) 1:2000 (this map is sunned), Map 3: Topographic 1:10 000). Square Quarto (11 1/4" x 11 1/4") issued in green cloth with black label and silver lettering to spine. Maps by René Millon, R. Bruce Drewitt and George L. Cowgill. Errata sheet laid in. Review copy with review notice laid in. Dan Dancinger Series. 1st edition.

Teotihuacán, located in the Valley of Mexico near modern Mexico City, was one of the largest and most complex cities in pre-Hispanic America. In ruins for over eight hundred years before the Spanish Conquest, the city had enormous influence in Middle America for a major part of the first millennium A D. This volume, first in the series Urbanization at Teotihuacán, Mexico, presents exceptionally detailed archaeological and topographic maps of the entire ancient city. The text and illustrations, in Part One detail the objectives and methods of the ten-year mapping project and specify how the maps are to be read and interpreted. Part One also includes discussions of city planning, population estimates, chronology, the intensity of the urbanization process at Teotihuacán, and the rise and fall of the city. Departing from traditional approaches to the study of early urban societies, René Millon shows the limitations of attempts to "explain" the extraordinary rise of Teotihuacán in ecological terms. Part Two of this volume presents, in the form of 147 map sheets with overlays and three large fold-out maps, the unprecedented amount of archaeological data gathered by the Teotihuacán Mapping Project. The base map was made photogrammetrically from aerial photographs. The transparent overlays to the individual map sheets give the authors' architectural interpretations of the unexcavated structures, permitting the reader to compare these structural interpretations with existing mounds that often include exposed architectural remains such as walls and floors. The three large fold-out maps, two in color, show the entire area (some eight square miles) of ancient Teotihuacán. It has long been known that Teotihuacán was a major ritual center - its pyramids, temples and majestic main avenue, the "Street of the Dead," testify to this. But now, as shown by discoveries of the mapping survey, ti is clear that Teotihuacán's influence was, to an unexpected extent, also base on craft production, primarily obsidian working. Teotihuacán appears also to have been a major market center, and the mapping survey may have uncovered the city's principal marketplace. The mapping survey also disclosed in the city an ethnic enclave from far-off Oaxaca. This "barrio" apparently retained much of its foreign cultural identy while existing for centuries within ancient Teotihuacán.

Condition:

Tinge of rubbing to extremities. jacket scuffed and chipped at corners, with some light edge wear else a very good to fine set with a good to very good jacket.

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