Teotihuacan (1)

Source: WTL© digitized analogue photograph taken at site.
Comments: Teotihuacan (100 BCE - 750 CE) is an archeological site roughly 50 km northeast of Mexico City (D.F.). Here you see the photographer-professor's first view of the site after leaving the parking lot. Seven centuries after this city, that at its height had as many as 250,000 inhabitants, was abandoned (perhaps destroyed by its own people or by an invasion or other calamity), the Aztecs (Mexica) found it and thought it was a sacred place built by a pre-historic race of giants. The Aztecs/Mexica people supposed that the site was a cemetery for kings, who became gods when they died. Hence, "Teotihuacan" is Náhuatl (the Aztec/Mexica language) for "place where men become gods". However, the Aztecs never settled or lived in this once-major city. Notice that Teotihuacan is located at an elevation of 7,550 ft (2,300 m)!