Teotihuacan Street Of The Dead

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The Street of the Dead is one of two main streets of Teotihuacan. The Aztec gave this street the name of Street of the Dead because they thought that the mounds lining both sides appeared to be tombs. It runs for more than 2.5 km, beginning at the Moon Plaza to the north and extending beyond the Ciudadela and the Great Compound complexes to the south. which is the current limit of the official site. Some archaeologists suggest that the street continued even further south, possibly terminating at the base of the mountains south of the official site.
The Street of the Dead run approximately north to south and divides the city into two sections. The Street of the Dead is aligned to 15.5ยบ north-west of north. This may have been align it with the setting sun on a certain significant dates.

Often apartment compounds with pyramidal ceremonial platforms were arranged symmetrically on both sides of the street oriented parallel to the street. This highly organized city plan suggests that the Street of the Dead is likely to have been planned since the initial phase of the redevelopment of Teotihuacan into what you see today, an urban center. The main sector of the avenue is between the plaza of the Moon Pyramid and the channelized Rio San Juan. This section is of the street is lined with long low platforms finish it the classic Teotihuacan talud-tablero decoration. Access to the adjacent residential zones is to several well places stone and masonry balustrade stairways. The width of the Street of the dead varies along its length, ranging from 40 to 95 meters. There is a large drainage channel under the the Street of the Dead that collects runoff from both sides of the street and delivers it into channelized Rio San Juan.
stepheneastment says:
Great entry! I hope to visit here soon!
Posted on: Sep 19, 2010
Morle says:
Sounds like a really interesting place! I made a mental note to go there one day :-)
Posted on: Sep 22, 2009
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