Tula Ruin Site, Base Relief Sculptures
Tula Ruin Site in Hidalgo State Mexico, north of Mexico City contains many base relief sculptures still being studied.
Jorge Acosta was the principle investigator at Tula
Tula's buildings contain remnants of Base that decorated the bases of several buildings.
The art of the city that reached its height in the year 1000 AD after 400 years of building and settlement contains many skull and blood letting motifs.
Tula became the dominant city in Central Mexico in the 9th century with ties far to the south at Mayan Chichen Itza and possibly to the north as far as New Mexico in the USA.
The site shows classic Mesoamerican characteristics, with ball courts Pyramidal platforms, plazas, and altars.
Center as shown by the plan to the left follows the classic Mesoamerican layout containing plaza surrounded by Pyramidal platforms, and in the center of the plaza, a low platform which served as a possible altar.
Tula;s warrior statues were columns to support that roof. These statues now called Atlantes are thought by archaeologists to represent historic figures and one is believed to be the mysterious Topilzin Quetzalcoatl, a living god of myth and legend. The sculptures have details showing weapons, shields, and ritual jewelry
Reach both Teotihuacan Tula by frequent Tula by frequent service Daily by service Daily by two different bus lines from Mexico City's Terminal Norte
Ovnibus runs every 20 minutes each day from Mexico City's Terminal Norte
Tula ruin site museum
Tula Ruin Site, Getting There
Ovnibus runs service to Tula every 20 minutes each day from Mexico City's Terminal Norte
bas relief adorn temple platforms, many with the stepped fret design found in Mixtec and Zapotec sculptures in ruins sites
Eagle Devouring a heart
huge supports for the roof of a building that occupied the Tula'shighest ground in Tula would suggest a warrior society. The base relief wall sculptures would suggest that the statues of the warriors, stone columns that acted as Toltecs engaged in human sacrifice, legends support this.
Tula occupied a huge area where tens of thousands of people lived during the 400 years of the cities existence, which peaked Central Mexico.
Tula traded and probably made war over great distances as demonstrated by the building of Tula -like architecture as far south as Chichen Itza in the Yucatan.
Debate questions trade or subjugation but the deifying of warriors would suggest that the Toltecs were a warring empire.
At Tula Ruin Site Base Relief Sculptures displays blood letting and a warrior culture's fascination with death.
Tula was home to the Toltec Culture in the 9th Century, a warrior culture that ruled Mesoamerica in