New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_13323
The wall of the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, or Temple of the Feathered Serpent, with the Pyramid of the Sun in the background, at the ancient city of Teotihuacan. Photograph taken in 1928.
Where is Teotihuacan?
Who built the city? When did people live there?
What kind of structures are shown in the photograph?
What other ancient cultures built structures like these?
What other large cities were built in Central Mexico after Teotihuacan?
What are some possible explanations for the sudden loss in population at Teotihuacan?
Why do you think people visit Teotihuacan today?
What were the largest cities in the world in A.D. 500? Compare the population of these cities to the population of Teotihuacan.
Math: The Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan was more than 2.5 kilometers long. How long was it in miles?
Science: How were the pyramids in this photograph built differently than the Egyptian pyramids? Which type of pyramid do you think was easier to build? Why?
English Language Arts: Write a story about why Teotihuacan's population declined around A.D. 700.
English Language Arts: Create a travel brochure for Teotihuacan
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