|Building G: part of the temple complex|
|A view from above|
|If you're 13 years or older, 57 pesos entrance fee into the ruin site allows local working class families|
to afford and enjoy the site, too.
|Danzantes Wall: this is one of the many tablets that was believed to be dancers. Recent|
studies, however, show that these may actually be disemboweled and castrated POWs.
|Gold jewelry at the Cultural Museum located next door to the Cathedral.|
There is a museum at the entrance of the ruins that contains many artifacts (pottery, jewelry, religious relics, bones, etc...) However, our family really liked visiting the Regional Museum which is located in the Ex-Convent of Santa Domingo Cathedral in Oaxaca City. I have never seen so many well preserved artifacts from one area, particularly from Tomb 7. My photos don't do it justice. we recommend visiting this museum first before going to the Monte Albán ruins.
|There are lots of 'feet' pottery. I like these feet pots.|
|This display is in the ground and shows a number of skulls with|
holes in the craniums. Sacrificial.
|Turquoise skull found in Tomb 7|
Now, if some cute girl would just please write and tell our son how good looking he is... if he would just wear a hat!
I heard somewhere that this was the furthest north that the Aztecs got and that Monte Albán was eventually conquered by the Aztecs. However, I can't find my source. I do know that the Mixtec people also occupied this area for a time. Basically, one group is in charge until another comes and takes over... until another group takes over... and so on.
|Mound III: a temple pyramid|
|A jade croc (that looks very similar to the hippo I thought I saw on Laura's throat in Zihua!)|
|Building IV: a stepped pyramid and the largest of the IV structures|
The structures are awesome - inspiring - thought provoking - chilling - and even a bit sick when you think about all the bloodshed committed in the name of the gods. But, Monte Albán is the heart of the region and its history has been well preserved in this climate. Even our kids were impressed.