We know very little about the civilization at Teotihuacan, about 40 miles north of Mexico City. Teotihuacan existed before the Maya, Inca and Aztec civilizations, and its inhabitants built the Pyramid of the Sun, which is the largest pre-Hispanic building in all of North and South America. We do know, however, that the pyramids were not built by aliens :).

The name Teotihuacan was given to this society by the Aztecs and means “the place where men become gods.” Teotihuacan peaked in importance and population around the 6th or 7th century BCE — this was its golden age.


The Temple of the Sun is actually an inaccurate name for this building — originally, Europeans believed that the sun god was prayed to on top of this pyramid, but through discoveries in the 20th century, archaeologists determined that it is actually a water god who was worshipped at this pyramid.


Which of the GRAPES (Geography, Religion, Art/Architecture/Achievements, Political Systems, Economic Systems, Social Classes) does the Pyramid of the Sun belong in? Answer in a post below.

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