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Important Note: This guide is no longer being maintained. You might wish to see instead LAS 2098: The Legacy of Mesoamerica.

INTRODUCTION: 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 Mesoamericana.
  • 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:




Essential Database

  • 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

Important Database

  • 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.
  • Handbook 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.

Related Databases

  • Academic Search Premier (EbscoHost): The Libraries' most comprehensive, multi-disciplinary periodical database; It provides full-text access to more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals.
  • netLibrary: 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.








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Last Updated: July 5, 2012