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The Altiplano, next to Titicaca lake is considered (rightly or wrongly, I can't say) as the origin point of the Tihuanaco culture.

Then, Manco Capac and Mama Occlo, Vircocha's offsprings will begin the Inca's civilization. That Mesoamerican building culture will go further north to Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, as east to the Amazon basin (now Brazil) !
The original Mesoamerican City would have been a bit more of the Egyptian model ( quite unique in middle-east) where political and religious power would have been de-centralized in several cities (instead of a "state city"). The city of the dead or it's religious counterparts being built with stone while the still half nomadic population in wood (i.e. organic) buildings.

What's left is mostly pyramids in each case :-)

Housing, wasn't in history the first need of the City, it often came with troubled times of war when people lived behind the "great walls"... And stayed! Most farmers would live in his farm but have a symbolic representation in the "Palace".
Even later, as in India's Fatehpur Sikri most of the "common" people lived in organic or non glazed houses. Here, as in Mesoamerica, there was a water problem  (in the original design) and the city was left to nature...!


"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 12:24:50 PM EST
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Uh, not sure I follow. I may be misunderstanding, though. Mesoamerica is the cultural and linguistic area that reaches from the Valle de Mexico into Honduras and Costa Rica. There are nearly 4,500 miles between Mexico City and Lima as the crow flies, and as far as I know there are no demonstrable direct connections between Mesoamerica and any of the Andean civilizations.

If you can't convince them, confuse them. (Harry S. Truman)
by brainwave on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 12:54:01 PM EST
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Then I don't know...!
I'll have a look if I can find something :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 01:06:14 PM EST
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Ok... Seems to be my fault ! As in the Indus-Gange case where there is maybe influence or not, the South America urban civilizationS have two geographically different territories... But they do have the same water and corn problem... That's why there has been this mix-up... Sorry!

I'm more "fluent" with the other side of the world... The Americas is a bit of a "mystery" for many of us (pre-colombian times)...
We usually discover it though Tintin :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 01:30:15 PM EST
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