Location

New York, New York

Session Start Date

4-13-2004

Session End Date

4-17-2004

Abstract

In the archaeological region named Mesoamerica, there are cases of underground excavations for different purposes along several centuries. Some of them reach up to 9-meter depth and are in good conditions so there is motive enough to consider them as a historic case that must be analyzed in an Engineering point of view. From different cases, there were chosen two, Teotihuacan and Xochicalco, due to for these there are notorious relations between both sites, the most important is that these caverns were used as an astronomic observatory. In addition, for Xochicalco is possible to make analysis with the geometrical and geotechnical information in order to study the stability. This paper includes the main data, analyses and conclusions from engineering and archaeological topics; in fact conclusions must be applied for both disciplines.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

4-13-2004

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2004 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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In the archaeological region named Mesoamerica, there are cases of underground excavations for different purposes along several centuries. Some of them reach up to 9-meter depth and are in good conditions so there is motive enough to consider them as a historic case that must be analyzed in an Engineering point of view. From different cases, there were chosen two, Teotihuacan and Xochicalco, due to for these there are notorious relations between both sites, the most important is that these caverns were used as an astronomic observatory. In addition, for Xochicalco is possible to make analysis with the geometrical and geotechnical information in order to study the stability. This paper includes the main data, analyses and conclusions from engineering and archaeological topics; in fact conclusions must be applied for both disciplines.