Sacred Shape: Scientists Find Clues to Ancient Maya and Aztec Pyramid Riddle

June 3, 2020

Researchers with the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico (INAH) have come to believe that the signature pyramids built by America’s indigenous tribes, including the Maya and Aztecs, were purposefully made to emulate naturally occurring landscapes like hills and mountains, a press release published on the institute’s website suggests.

According to Pedro Sanchez Nava, a lead author of the study dedicated to the Mesoamerican pyramids, one of the most logical reasons for this geometric shape (the pyramid) is found in nature, “in the silhouette of many mountains and volcanoes”, as well as deposits of sedimentary rocks, with the said geometric shape equally well suiting tall monumental buildings.

The scientists assume that pyramids carried a well-known sacred meaning and connotations, serving as a central axis around which whole cities were built, thereby reflecting the mind-set of pre-Columbus peoples

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