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Mexico's Pyramid of Death
OCTOBER 2006
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Distinguished Strangers
Photograph by Jesús Eduardo López Reyes

A symbol of power worn by the Maya elite, a pendant of solid jade adorned one of three men in a burial from A.D. 350. His companions wore fine necklaces and earspools that also linked them to the Maya. Unlike other sacrifices found in the pyramid—young men, maybe prisoners of war, bound and humiliated—these were older men, respectfully seated with their legs crossed and their hands on their knees. Were they Maya dignitaries brought especially to Teotihuacan to be interred in a sacred place?

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome 64
Lens: 105 Macro Tungsten
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Available light
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