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The Place of Reeds is a City
Posted 15 January 2011
The Place of Reeds is based on this historical city called Teotihuacan to the north-east of Mexico city.
By 650 AD Teotihuacan covered more than 20 square kilometres and had a population of some 85,000 inhabitants (Gendrop, 1972). To quote Grendrop (p.45):
Around the huge ceremonial centre which extends from the "Pyramid of the Moon" to "Quetzalcoatl's Pyramid" (joined by the so called "Avenue of the Dead"), enormous residential areas are built, in regularly planned blocks with streets and sidewalks, a drainage system, plazas and adjoining temples, etc If we add such factors as the existence of channels for rivers and stream, cisterns, and publics services such as markets, shops, theatrers, ball courts, steam baths and so forth, we see that we have before us, for the first time in ancient Mexico, a great city in the true meaning of the word.
Teotihuacan had systems for utilizing underground water and collecting rain, drains, artisan's workshops, dwelling complexes, markets, streets, temples, palaces, a large ceremonial centre and districts where members of other Mesoamerican groups, who had moved to the city, lived.
Gendrop, P. (1972). Ancient Mexico. Editorial Trillas.
Miller, M., & Taube, K. (1993). An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya. London: Thames & Hudson.
Vogel, S. (1995). Teotihuacan: History, Art and Monuments. Moncem Ediciones.