Gordon R. Willey Lecture
The Teotihuacan Cosmogram and Polity: Update on the Sacred City and its Three Monuments
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Why did the rulers of the ancient city of Teotihuacan create and maintain a sophisticated city layout that lasted for centuries? Teotihuacan was the largest city in the New World during the first millennium AD; it integrated three major monuments into a unique city layout. The Sun Pyramid, the Moon Pyramid, and the Citadel complex conformed to the city’s rigorous standards for orientation, spatial distribution, and architectural style.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology presents the Gordon R. Willey lecture, "The Teotihuacan Cosmogram and Polity: Update on the Sacred City and its Three Monuments" at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Harvard's Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St.), followed by a reception at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Ave.). The speaker is Saburo Sugiyama, Professor of International Cultural Studies, Aichi Prefectural University & School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
Recent explorations of the three pyramids revealed how and when they were constructed. Most importantly, numerous sacrificial/elite graves were found with exceptionally rich offerings that provided substantial new information on the ancient worldview and the state politics. With these new discoveries, Dr. Sugiyama interprets Teotihuacan’s possible ritual significance, state ideology, and sacred rulership.
About Gordon R. Willey
Gordon R. Willey was one of the foremost archaeologists of pre-Colombian America. He was distinguished by his meticulous research of Maya archaeological sites in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, and noted for his pioneering work in settlement pattern studies. Gordon Willey taught at Harvard for 36 years until his retirement in 1984. He served as emeritus senior professor of anthropology until his death in 2002.