Teotihuacan: Archaeological Mexico with Alejandro Cañas-Ortiz - Context Travel

Teotihuacan: Archaeological Mexico with Alejandro Cañas-Ortiz


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Led by an archaeologist, this interactive discussion will encompass the origins, development, heyday, and downfall of the pre-Columbian city of Teotihuacan, located just 42 kilometers northeast of Mexico City.

Although it is currently the most visited archaeological site in Mexico and it was the largest city in the Americas during its epoch (100-550 AD), Teotihuacan still holds many questions. Who were its inhabitants? What were the connections of this city with other coetaneous cultures in ancient Mexico and Central America? What were the causes that attracted thousands of migrants to settle there? What is the legacy of this city among past and present people in Mexico? Today, famous by its three towering pyramids named after ancient myths and gods (namely Sun Pyramid, Moon Pyramid, and Feathered Serpent Pyramid), Teotihuacan is one of the key places in the world that scholars have been researching since the 18th century in order to develop a better understanding of urbanism and early state formation in antiquity.

After this conversation, guests will come away with a better understanding of Teotihuacan's rise and fall, what the urban and artistic developments of this civilization were and how power and influence swayed all across central Mexico and beyond. In the same vein, participants will leave with a sense of why it is important to know and protect this archaeological heritage, whose history is useful to untangle our present human being proclivity to choose (or be compelled) to live in cities.

Alejandro Cañas-Ortiz is an archaeologist born and raised in Mexico City. He has a MA in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he researched the interaction between Teotihuacan and the Maya. He is also versed in Maya hieroglyphs, a passion that began when he was an undergraduate at the National School of Anthropology and History. He gained experience as an expert guide while researching prestigious collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Templo Mayor Museum, and National Anthropology Museum. Whether at an archaeological site or in a museum of antiquities, Alejandro looks forward to sharing his devotion and knowledge about pre-Colombian cultures with travelers on Context tours in Mexico City.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.