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The Ancient Americas

The Ancient Americas

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will introduce the art and architecture of the ancient Americas.

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Terms to Know
  • Axial Plan

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

  • Mesoamerica

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

  • Olmec

    The first civilization in Mexico.

  • Precolumbian

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

  • Quetzalcoatl

    Mesoamerican deity whose name means 'feathered serpent'.

  • 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.

  • Teotihuacan

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