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Monte albán. Monte albán is situated about 20 km at south-west of Oaxaca and 400 meters above the valley of Oaxaca. It is fresh there. It's situated on an artificially flattened off mountain. Vicky gives chapter and verse. It founded 500 B.C. 1000 years before the Spaniards this Zapotec city was a thriving community. Many temples, the sweet fragrance of copal incense, tanks, irrigation systems and trade. Zapotecs from 500B.C. - 700A.D. After them the Mixtecs. They made a burial-place of it. Rectangular cruciform tombs. There have been discovered more than 220 sepulchers. Most spectacular is TUMBA 7, with 500 golden, amber and turquoise jewels, jade-stone and silver. Everything to see in Museo Regional

 

Juego de Pelota, or ball playing field.

More explanation at Chichén Itzá

 

Monte Albán is in fact one large square of 200 at 300 meter, with along the four sides ranges temples. Standing on top of the staircase on the North side the square looks like a giant stadium with platforms. Also in the middle of the square there are buildings, among which an astronomic observatory that as only building stands under an angle of 45 degrees with all other buildings and has the form of an arrow. It has several entrances but they are closed because they were used as a public toilet. The most of the visible stairs were plastered in former days. Therefore they were not stairs but smooth slanting surfaces. Along the upper edge we see the stubs of enormous pillars. On the west-side of the square much of the buildings have been only freed of vegetation but not yet examined. Who knows what kind of treasures one there still will find.

 

Workman who keep Monte Albán in a top condition.

 

The most of the visible stairs were plastered in former days. Therefore they were not stairs but smooth slanting surfaces.

 

Steles which one has found. Unfortunately theses are copies. The originals you can find  in the museums

 

Who is hiding behind this mask??
 

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The large field, seen as from the south side.

 

To the right: One claims that the Zapotecs and Mixtecs already performed brain surgeries. See here the evidence: Cut open skulls which are healed again.
Under: Souvenir bought on Monte Albán. It is the rain god Tlaloc.

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