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Mexico's Great Pyramids

3.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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A 2,000-year-old urban wonder, the vast city of Teotihuacan was one of the largest settlements of the ancient world. Yet the Teotihuacanos never developed a writing system and left behind no sculptures to document their culture. Who were the people who built this stunning city? Who were their kings and priests? Did they, like their Mayan neighbors, practice human sacrifice?

MEXICO S GREAT PYRAMIDS unravels the enigmatic history of the extraordinary metropolis, from the earliest artifacts to the teams of modern archaeologists currently excavating the city. Walk along the Avenue of the Dead and climb the ancient walls of the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. Examine the city s sacred caves and murals and learn about the discoveries that are helping to unlock the mysteries of this remarkable civilization.

In-depth and riveting, IN SEARCH OF HISTORY offers a detailed account of one of Mesoamerica s greatest empires.

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  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021SGO7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There wasn't a lot of pre - purchase product - description information for this. I'd expected a program dealing with pyramids found all over Mexico (including the Chichen Itza & Ek Balam sites near Cancun). But this program deals exclusively with the Teotihuacan site near Mexico City. Still, not bad for the price.
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I was very disappointed by this History Channel production. Although it is entitled "Mexico's Great Pyramids", it spends little time on the pyramids themselves or the city known as Teotihuacan.

The DVD begins with the pyramids themselves and the city surrounding the pyramids. The DVD swiftly moves on to wildly speculative conjecture on the nature of the society that flourished there for hundreds of years. I was shocked by how the DVD would literally invent a culture and society from thin air!

After a brief introduction to the pyramids, the video launches into an interpretation of the "Teotihuacanos" (because they were a pre-literate people, they left no written history or literature and we don't even know what they called themselves or their city) as a kind of proto-communist society that created a utopian city of social equality...but, with human sacrifice. "Experts" speculate that the Teotihuacanos did not develop a writing system because writing systems at that time were tools of kings used to record royal geneologies, wars, diplomacy, etc. and the Teotihuacanos didn't want to be "elitist". Much of the video is like this with interviews with "experts" who create history "out of whole cloth". There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for the conclusions reached in this DVD!

The video ends with the telling of the confrontation between the Aztecs (who did not build Teotihuacan and never lived there) and the Spanish under Cortez as well as modern mystics meeting at the pyramids at solstices.

The DVD spends little time on the pyramids.
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Photos were great, dialog was poor. No mention of how they were built, not much was said about the various theories about why it was built, not much said about the people who built it either...
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