> Susan Evans "Palaces and Political Power in Classic and
> Postclassic Central Mexico"
> points to the "Tecpan" or "lord's place" as both pleasure
> palaces and centers of administration, officials carrying
> out edicts issued from the dais or throne platform. This
> postclassic architecture seems to represent a transformation
> relative to the later stages of Teotihuacan, since later Teo,
> in a reaction against the earlier power holders, built
> "apartment complexes".
> [LA: did the "apartment complexes" have any incipient
> features of the throne platform?]
They did not. The central patio of the complex, which varied
quite a lot in size & in architectural relation to the rest of
the whole, typically contained a central altar, under which in
some cases was a shaft tomb. Perhaps a founder's burial. Of the
rooms surrounding the patio, one was usually raised higher than
the rest above the patio level. However, the interiors of the
rooms were flat.
The 2 "palaces" for which we have fairly complete plans, N and S
of the Feathered Serpent Pyramid in the Ciudadela, don't have
this feature either. In their basic plans they are rather typical
Teo. compounds -- bigger, better built, more fancily furnished,
and closer to the paradigmatic ideal plan than most, but not
different in kind. No benches, nohow.