A visual tour of Monte Albán, capital of the Zapotecas
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Monte Alban archaeological site



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View of Main Plaza from North Platform. South Platform in background.



Building J, Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico
Building J, possible astronomical observatory, constructed
c. 100 BC on Main Plaza, seen from South Platform.



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West side platform at Monte Albán pyramid complex



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Ballcourt, home of the Monte Albán pelota team.
¡Arriba Jaguares!



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Mesoamerican ballcourt cross-sections.
The game dates from at least 1400 BC.
Ulama variant still played in Sinaloa, México.
Wikipedia article: Mesoamerican ballgame



Monte Alban - The Dancers
Petroglyphs on Patio of the Dancers (Danzantes), next to Building L



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Building M as seen from South Platform



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Sacrificial altar between buildings H and P (not shown).
South Platform in background.



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The impressive stairs leading up to South Platform



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Restored and unrestored sites.
City of Oaxaca in background.



Panorama of Monte Alban from the South PlatformPanorama of Monte Albán from South Platform


Discover pre-Columbian Civilizations

Monte Albán
Wikipedia

Zapotec Civilization
by Mark Cartwright, Ancient History Encyclopedia

Zapotec Civilization
Wikipedia

Zapotec Peoples
Wikipedia

Zapotec Writing
Ancient Scripts.com

San José Mogote
Wikipedia

Mitla
Wikipedia


Mesoamérica
Wikipedia

Mesoamerican Photo Archives
Mesoamerican Archives.com

Olmec Civilization
Wikipedia

Maya Civilization
Wikipedia

Tikal
Wikipedia

Teotihuacán
Wikipedia

Aztec People
Wikipedia


Inca Empire
Wikipedia


List of pre-Columbian cultures – Wikipedia

Pre-Columbian Era – Wikipedia


Virtual Tours

Teotihuacán

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Maya Pyramids, Tikal, Guatemala

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