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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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Notes on "The Ancient Americas"

Key Terms


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


The first civilization in Mexico.


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


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.


Mesoamerican deity whose name means ‘feathered serpent’.


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

Axial plan

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

Image Credits

Map of Mesoamerica, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mesoam%C3%A9rica_relief_map_with_continental_scale.png, colossal head from La Venta, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mexico.Tab.OlmecHead.01.jpg, jade Olmec votive axe, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:British_Museum_Olmec_jade_votive_axe.jpg, view of Teotihuacan, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:View_from_Pyramide_de_la_luna.jpg, Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mex.JPG, Temple of the Feathered Serpent, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Teotihuacan-Temple_of_the_Feathered_Serpent-3035.jpg, Goddess mural, Teotihuacan, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tetitla_Teotihuacan_Great_Goddess_mural_(Abracapocus).jpg