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Teotihuacan 83: Archaeologist Discovers Repeating Numerical Pattern In Architecture Of Ancient Mexican City (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/28/11 07:40 PM ET Updated: 10/30/11 07:49 PM ET

The numerical figure of 83 centimeters may not, at first, seem all that amazing. But, according to Japanese archaeologist Saburo Sugiyama, that figure shows up just about everywhere at the site of the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan.

In presenting his findings at a special meeting of Teotihuacan experts, Sugiyama said there was a "constant presence" of 83 centimeters throughout the more than 7-square-mile city once inhabited by 100,000 people, more than 14 centuries ago, reported FOX News Latino.

Teotihuacan, an official UNESCO World Heritage site and once the sixth largest city on Earth, located about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, is known for several huge pyramids and a sprawling complex of residences. The whole place was suddenly abandoned around the seventh century and historians don't know why.

Oh, and also interesting is the total Teotihuacan surface area of the site has been measured at a 83 km².



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  • Temple Of The Feathered Serpent

    View of the temple of the Feathered Serpent at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, 45 km northeast of Mexico City, on March 24, 2011. Getty Images.

  • Head of Quetzalcoatl

    View of a sculpture of the head of Quetzalcoatl (Plumed Serpent) at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, 28 January 2008. Getty Images

  • Sun Pyramid In Teotihuacan

    People visit the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan, Mexico, to 'take energy' from the sun during the celebrations for the Spring Equinox on March 21, 2009. Getty Images.

  • Balloons Over Sun Pyramid

    Hot air balloons fly over the Sun Pyramid in the Teotihuacan archaeological site during the Teotihuacan Hot Air Balloon Festival in San Juan de Teotihuacan, State of Mexico, on March 21, 2010. Getty Images.

  • Dance Ceremony

    An Aztec dance is performed during the ceremony of the lightning of the fire to be taken to the XXI Central American and Caribbean Sports Games Mayaguez 2010, at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Getty Images.

  • Feathered Serpent

    Partial view of the temple of the Feathered Serpent at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, 45 km northeast of Mexico City, on March 24, 2011. Getty Images.

  • Balloons Over Teotihuacan

    Two hot air ballons overfly the Sun Pyramid at dawn in the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, Mexico, on May 1, 2011. Getty Images.

  • Model Of Teotihuacan

    Diorama of a topographical representation of Teotihuacan with the Pyramid of the Moon. Baggis/flickr

  • Pyramid of the Moon

    The Pyramid of the Moon and the Avenue of the Dead. Fklv/Flickr.

  • The Avenue of the Dead

    The Avenue of the Dead. d3bz/flickr

  • Pyramid of the Sun

    The Pyramid of the Sun looms in the distance at Teotihuacan. teseum/flickr


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