Teotihuacan: Beyond the Pyramids with Jorge Archer - Context Travel

Teotihuacan: Beyond the Pyramids with Jorge Archer


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Join a scholar to explore ancient Teotihuacan in Mexico, the largest and most influential city of its time. We’ll trace the influence of this powerful populace across Mesoamerica and use archaeological evidence to explore the daily life, worship rituals, and lasting legacy of this immense ancient city.

The pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan (100 CE to 650 CE) was the largest city in the Americas at its peak and the sixth most populous city in the world. With at least 125,000 inhabitants, the city spread over nearly 30 square kilometers. Known for its distinctive architecture, there is, however, more to the site than the famous pyramid-shaped structures. For more than five centuries, it was the most powerful city in the area. Teotihuacan was at the epicenter of culture in the Mesoamerican world, occupying an important role in trade, social habits, and religion in the region. Influences of Teotihuacan can be traced all across the region. Evidence from numerous archaeological digs has proven that there was interaction between Teotihuacan and Monte Alban (Oaxaca), Kaminaljuyú in the Maya area, or Matacapan in Veracruz.

Led by an expert on the Anthropology and Bioarchaeology of Teotihuacan, Jorge N. Archer, this interactive seminar will discuss Teotihuacan, the ancient city, and its people. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the role this powerful city played in the region throughout its long history.

Originally from Mexico City, Jorge Archer graduated with honors from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) where he received his master’s degree in Physical Anthropology with a specialization in ancient migration. He is a specialist in bioarchaeological research and also in the analysis and digitization of funerary contexts. Currently, he is working on his Ph.D. in Anthropology. His research is focused on the relationship between diet and migration in Teotihuacan and the central Mesoamerican Region. He has collaborated on multiple projects in Teotihuacan since 2004, including but not limited to the Barrio Oaxaqueño Project, the Sun Pyramid, La Ventilla, the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, and the Plaza de las Columnas Project.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Archeological look at Teotihuacan

Designed for the archaeological enthusiast rather than a "basic" tourist.

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High-level presentation outstanding in every way

Added greatly to my understanding of the site even after a visit to Teotihuacan and a college level course on Mesoamerican art and architecture. Because Jorge is so involved directly with the archeology he provided a depth of knowledge not available to others.

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67%
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33%
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J.
Archeological look at Teotihuacan

Designed for the archaeological enthusiast rather than a "basic" tourist.

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A.
High-level presentation outstanding in every way

Added greatly to my understanding of the site even after a visit to Teotihuacan and a college level course on Mesoamerican art and architecture. Because Jorge is so involved directly with the archeology he provided a depth of knowledge not available to others.

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