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Archaeological Site of Monte Alban - general view from the North Platform

The Zapotecs of Monte Alban - The First Civilization in Western Mexico?

In the central valleys of the Mexican state of Oaxaca lie stone ruins centered around an artificially leveled hill. It is now a famous tourist destination as well as a major archaeological site...
Some of the Mitla mosaics.

Mitla Mosaics: A Coded Language May Plaster the Walls of a Zapotec City of the Dead

Unique and curious designs plaster the walls of the most popular Zapotec archaeological site in Mexico. They are called the Mitla mosaics and are unrivalled in their precision and quality of...
Discovery of Crocodile Carving Sheds Light on Political Rift Between Two Related Centers in Ancient Mexico

Discovery of Crocodile Carving Sheds Light on Political Rift Between Two Related Centers in Ancient Mexico

Archaeologists have unearthed a stone carving of a crocodile that possibly had ritual significance to the pre-Columbian Zapotec people at the city of Lambityeco in the Oaxaca Valley of Mexico. The...
Carved and painted human mandible (jawbone) was found in a ceremonial area within a residential complex at the site of Dainzú-Macuilxóchitl in Mexico.

Jawbone Jewelry: Archaeologists Discover 1,300-Year-Old Painted Bone Pendants in Mexico

Archaeologists have unearthed painted human jawbones at a ceremonial site in Mexico associated with the ancient Zapotec civilization. It is believed the bones were worn as necklace pendants as part...
Panoramic of the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico

The Lost Zapotec: Vibrant Mesoamerican Civilization of The Cloud People

In the Valley of Oaxaca, located in the Southern highlands of Mesoamerica, an indigenous, pre-Columbian civilization, known as the Zapotec civilization or the “Cloud People”, flourished around 2,500...
Oaxaca Temple Mexico -  Human Sacrifice

Secrets of Mexican Valley’s Oldest Temple Revealed by Archaeologists

In the oldest temple ever to be uncovered in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered a human tooth and limb bone in a room which appears to have been dedicated to ceremonial...