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Perpendicular to From it It (plate 38). the standpoint of urban planning in Mesoamerica, this expansion, which assumed a fairly regular checkerboard pattern, seems to have signified nation a real revolution. on the one hand, the : Extraordinary for of the world, the phenomenon might this part special reflect a its time in happy combi- importance of religious temples a great ceremonial area where elaborate ritual performances must have been held, attracting multitudes of pilgrims from distant regions; on the other, the manufacture of many specialized craft products what Rene Millon calls a "pilgrim-temple-market com- around — An plex.

This brings us to the subject of outside influences. Maya Veracruz area visible region this should point out that in the nearby Puebla Valley, the cere- huacan influences on the inspiration —such stele It would be of other Mesoamerican regions its and elements ceramics, we find forms and characteristic of the central unmistakable interlaced volutes clearly as the from La Ventilla — to say nothing of Oaxaca's contribution. But during the early centuries of the Christian era, An Teotihuacan influences generally predominated.

And with the semiarid so we are able to enormous city in every sense of the word, based on a strict plan grander and more complex than anything ever known on the American continent. d. around the start of the Mesoamerican witness the gradual evolution of an Classic period —and — signals an abrupt spurt in urban growth. Avenue of the Dead appeared, and around Now the this via sacra arose a number of ceremonial complexes, including the typically symmetrical complexes" so frequent Teotihuacan in — structural "triple arrangements, was during this epoch that the Pyramid of the Sun received the last segment of its stepped base, and saw new platforms built at its foot.

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