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Professor Interprets Iconography of Teotihuacan

Posted: November 29, 2005

On November 8, 2005, Prof. Juan Miro of the UT Department of Architecture presented a paper at the IV Mesa Redonda Teotihuacana, an international conference devoted to the study of the Mesoamerican culture of Teotihuacan, Mexico, which took place in that city November 7-11. The conference was attended by archaeologists and anthropologists from Mexico, the United States, Canada, Japan, Spain, France, and Germany.

Professor Miro's paper, "La ciudad como objeto de culto: Representaciones de la forma urbana en la iconografia teotihuacana" (The City as an Object of Worship: Representations of the Urban Form in the Iconography of Teotihuacan), was received with great interest because of its presentation of an innovative interpretation of Teotihuacan's cryptic iconography.

Teotihuacan, one of the largest pre-industrial cities in the world, was built on a grid with relentless rigor for 800 years, from its inception until it was abandoned about AD 750; however, to the puzzlement of archaeologists, not a single ruler has yet been identified, in tombs or in the abundant iconography. Professor Miro argues that the Teotihuacanos elevated the city itself to an object of worship and represented it accordingly in their iconography.

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