Teotenango Archaeological Site

Toluca

It’s believed that the first Toluca valley settlers, and surroundings such as Teotenango, were of Otomí origin, established at Tetépetl hill slopes, 15 minutes away Toluca. Little is known about them. However, it has been discovered that those who had the greatest presence were the Matlatzincas (“those who make nets”), named so by Aztecs because of the wide use they made of net.

From this culture remains the Zona Arqueológica de Teotenango (archaeological zone of Teotenango)—stands out for its jaguar monolith: a bas-relief representing a seated feline with a medallion at neck, in an attitude of devouring a kind of flower or heart and two engraved dates on the sides. The inscriptions are believed to refer to an eclipse.

Teotenango also has a closed and sunken ball court, in addition to the remains of a temazcal used for purification or healing purposes; a carved-serpent base that, due to its position, seems to come out from inside the pyramid, and a two-kilometers wall built somewhere between 900 and 1200 AD to protect the settlement’s west side.
It’s believed that the first Toluca valley settlers, and surroundings such as Teotenango, were of Otomí origin, established at Tetépetl hill slopes, 15 minutes away Toluca. Little is known about them. However, it has been discovered that those who had the greatest presence were the Matlatzincas (“those who make nets”), named so by Aztecs because of the wide use they made of net.

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From this culture remains the Zona Arqueológica de Teotenango (archaeological zone of Teotenango)—stands out for its jaguar monolith: a bas-relief representing a seated feline with a medallion at neck, in an attitude of devouring a kind of flower or heart and two engraved dates on the sides. The inscriptions are believed to refer to an eclipse.

Teotenango also has a closed and sunken ball court, in addition to the remains of a temazcal used for purification or healing purposes; a carved-serpent base that, due to its position, seems to come out from inside the pyramid, and a two-kilometers wall built somewhere between 900 and 1200 AD to protect the settlement’s west side.

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