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Mesoamerican Art and Architecture

Mesoamerican Art and Architecture

Author: Aleisha Olson
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This lesson will introduce the art and architecture of the ancient Americas.

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Olmec Head from La Venta, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mexico.Tab.OlmecHead.01.jpg; Image of Olmec Ceremonial Axe, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:British_Museum_Olmec_jade_votive_axe.jpg; Image of Teotihuacan, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:View_from_Pyramide_de_la_luna.jpg; Map of Teotihuacan, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Teotihuacancityplan.png; Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mex.JPG;  Detail of Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Teotihuacan, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Teotihuacan-Temple_of_the_Feathered_Serpent-3035.jpg; Goddess Mural Painting from Tetitla Apartment, Teotihuacan; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tetitla_Teotihuacan_Great_Goddess_mural_(Abracapocus).jpg

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Mesoamerica

    A region that extends from central Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

  • Precolumbian

    An adjective referring to cultures that existed before the arrival of Columbus to the Americas in 1492.

  • Olmec

    The first civilization in Mexico.

  • Teotihuacan

    An expansive archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico containing the largest pyramids built during the pre-Columbian Americas.

  • Axial Plan

    The horizontal arrangement of the elements of a building or town along a central axis.

  • Talud-tablero

    A style of architecture characterized by a platform structure on top of a sloping surface. Also referenced as the slope-and-panel style. Often seen in pyramids built during the pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

  • Quetzalcoatl

    Mesoamerican deity whose name means 'feathered serpent'.