Important Note: This guide is no longer being maintained. You might wish to see instead LAS 2098: The Legacy of Mesoamerica.
This page serves as a gateway to scholarly sources
on the ancient Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan. During the middle centuries of the 1st millennium, Teotihuacan ranked among largest and
most splendid cities in the world. The government, religion, art,
and architecture of Teotihuacan strongly influenced contemporary and subsequent Mesoamerican civilizations.
ACCESS NOTE: Non-Temple students and other interested parties are encouraged to make extensive use of this research guide. Most of the sources listed are freely accessible. A few are restricted to current Temple University students, faculty, and staff. When clicked, these will prompt for a Temple Accessnet username and password. If you have forgotten your Accessnet username, or have not yet been assigned one, please contact Computer Services.
- American Anthropological Association
(AAA): The premier association for professional anthropologists
in the United States, to which most Mesoamerican archaeologists belong.
- Canadian Society for Mesoamerican Studies:
"The society's objectives are: 1. to assist Canadian Mesoamericanists
in the countries of Central America; 2. to provide a means of communication
between Mesoamericanists, primarily across Canada, but also among all
scholars in this field; and 3. to present the general public with up-to-date
and reliable information on the cultures of Mesoamerica."
- The Mesoamerica Center (University
of Texas, Austin)
- FAMSI: Foundation for the
Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies: Quite simply, the
best of the Meso Web. This site hosts maps, research reports,
several unrivaled image databases, and the indispensable Bibliografia
- Institute for Mesoamerican Studies
(State University of New York, Albany): "The Institute for Mesoamerican
Studies (IMS) is a non-profit educational research institute dedicated
to the study and dissemination of knowledge concerning the peoples and
cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America)."
- MARI: The Middle American
Research Institute (Tulane University): "The Middle American
Research Institute of Tulane University conducts, supports, and publishes
research in the anthropology, and especially the archaeology of Mexico
and Central America."
- Mesoamerican Archive and
Research Project (Princeton University): "The Archive [organizes
an] international, inter-disciplinary group of scholars and students
interpreting sacred space and ritual performance in Mesoamerican religions".
- The Mesoamerican Research
Foundation (aka) "The Fundación de Investigaciones Mesoamericanas is an Arizona corporation registered to work in the USA and Mexico. It was established for scientific and educational purposes."
- Pre-Columbian Society (University
of Pennsylvania Museum): " A group of amateurs and professionals
engaged in the study of the indigenous peoples of the New World, their
cultures and their descendents."
- Pre-Columbian Society of Washington,
D.C.: " Established in 1993, the Society exists to increase
awareness and understanding of Pre-Columbian societies and to provide
a forum for exchange of information regarding those cultures. The Society
seeks to promote interest in Pre-Columbian cultures through monthly
meetings, publication of a monthly newsletter, yearly symposia, Special
Interest Groups (SIGs). and organized tours. The Pre-Columbian Society
welcomes all people interested in ancient American studies regardless
of their level of knowledge or expertise."
- The Society for American Archaeology
(SAA) "is an international organization dedicated to the research,
interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the
Americas. With more than 6,600 members, the society represents professional,
student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings
including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and
the private sector."
Search Diamond, TU Libraries' online catalog, to find scholarly books about Teotihuacan.
Non-Temple students should search Open WorldCat (via Google) or RedLightGreen to find books local library books. Begin with the following Library of Congress Subject Headings:
The following Teotihuacan-related books are available
online through the () netLibrary
e-book database or in print at Paley Library:
- Carrasco, David. Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage: From Teotihuacan
to the Aztecs. (2000)
- Hassig, Ross. War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica. (1992)
The definitive title
on warfare in ancient Mesoamerica; highly recommended for cross-cultural
- Millon, Rene. The Teotihuacan Map. (1973)
Volume 1 of the groundbreaking research study, Urbanization at Teotihuacan. Millon's work established the enormous scale and urban character of Teotihuacan and its over 2,000 residential "apartment" compounds.
- Pasztory, Esther. Teotihuacan: An Experiment in Living. (1997)
An original and provocative
work, Pasztory's book focuses on the various ways Teotihuacan differed
from other Mesoamerican polities, particularly in the areas of leadership
- Sanders, William T., et. al. The Basin of Mexico: The Cultural Ecology of a Civilization. (1979)
Places developments at Teotihuacan in a wider regional context.
- Storey, Rebecca. Life and Death in the Ancient City of Teotihuacan:
A Modern Paleodemographic Synthesis. (1992)
Storey, a physical anthropologist,
reveals the darker side of life in this enormous preindustrial city: malnutrition,
poor living conditions, and a shortened life expectancy.
- Bibliografia Mesoamericana
(FAMSI): A groundbreaking indexing project jointly developed between
the University of Pennsylvania's Museum Library and the Foundation for
the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies (FAMSI). The Mesoamerican
Bibliography provides access to the scholarly literature on ancient
Mesoamerica published since 1960. "Coverage includes books, edited
volumes, festschrifts, journal articles, essays in collected works,
dissertations and theses, obituaries (2 pages +), CD-ROMs, audio and
video tapes, and films pertaining to Mesoamerica. It will not include
book reviews, sheet maps, working papers and other gray literature,
juvenile literature, newspapers, unpublished manuscripts, and other
unpublished materials." Very Highly Recommended
- Anthropology Plus: Anthropological Index and Anthropological Literature. A combined database that indexes over 1,900 journals in archaeology and related disciplines. Teotihuacan researchers will find many citations of interest.
of Latin American Studies: A bibliographical index to works in the
humanities and social sciences, reference books, book reviews, book
chapters, articles, and conference proceedings.
Search Premier (EbscoHost): The Libraries' most comprehensive, multi-disciplinary
periodical database; It provides full-text access to more than 3,500
The premier source for electronic books; the database currently contains
five titles on Teotihuacan (see Books, above).
Finding journal articles at TU Libraries typically consists of two distinct steps: 1) Use a database (above) or print index to find article citations; 2) With citations in hand, use Journal Finder to locate full-text articles online or in the physical library. Journal Finder provides direct links to the appropriate full-text database(s) and/or Diamond.
Non-Temple students should use the Mesoamerican Bibliography to find article citations.
The following important Mesoamerican Studies journals are available in print from the University of Pennsylvania's Museum Library. Before visiting Penn you should first make full use of Temple's resources or those of your local library. Access to the Museum Library is unrestricted on weekdays after 10:00 am (except on Monday). Bring photo identification. For up-to-date access information point your browser to the Museum Library's access page.
LIBRARIES & MUSEUMS
- Benson Latin
American Collection - Austin,Texas (University of Texas, General
- de Young Museum
- Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA
- Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian
Studies - Washington D.C.
- Hudson Museum
- Orono, ME (University of Maine)
- Latin American
Library of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - New Orleans, LA
Art Museum Pre-Columbian Collection - Forth Worth, TX
- Metropolitan Museum of
Art - New York, NY
Splendors of Thirty Centuries
- Mint Museum of Art - Charlotte,
- Museo Nacional de Antropologia
- Mexico, D.F.
- Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology - Cambridge, MA (Harvard University)
- University Libraries, University
at Albany, State University of New York
- University of Pennsylvania
Museum Library - Philadelphia, PA
- University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Philadelphia, PA