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Monte Alban
Archaeological Ruins
On Site Museum.

Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Eve DeLange At The Entrance Of The Monte Alban On Site Museum. Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Danzantes Inside The Monte Alban On Site Museum. Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.

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Monte Albán's site museum is very modern, attractive and well worth your visit.

They have some excellent interpretive displays plus a number of relics excavated from the site in the early 20th century.

A highlight of the museum is its collection of Danzantes & other stelae.

Restrooms, a small bookstore, and a cafe are also available here.

You can also see nany of the artifacts excavated at Monte Albán at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City, and at the Museo Regional de Oaxaca in the ex-convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán in Oaxaca City.

The ex-convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán museum houses, among others artifacts, many of the objects discovered in 1932 by Alfonso Caso in Monte Albán's Tomb 7, a Classic period Zapotec tomb.

Tomb 7 was reused during Postclassic times for the burial of Mixtec elite individuals. Their burial was accompanied by some of the most spectacular gold burial offerings of any site in all of the Americas

Monte Alban is built at the junction of three broad valleys, across from the Atoyac stream, lays a series of large hills. The largest of these hills is nearly 400 meters above sea level. It was on the top of this mountain, which the Zapotecs leveled off and built into a great ceremonial city in about the year 500 ad. This center once ruled the entire region and collected tribute from the surrounding cities. The city is now known as Monte Alban. Monte Alban, or "White Mountains" in Spanish, was formerly called Danibaan (Sacred Mountain). No visit to Oaxaca can be considered complete without visiting Monte Alban.

Monte Alban was first occupied in about 500 B.C. and it was inhabited until about 850 A.D. when it bacame slowly abandoned. After it was abandoned it remained sacred to the Zapotecs and then later on to the Mixtecs who setttled in the area after the Zapotecs declined in power.

The entire city of Monte Alban is laid out on a NS and EW Alignment except for Building J which is an arrow shaped structure probably laid out with astronomical alignments. The path that most visitors follow takes you through the main gate near the Visitors Center then along the Northeast side of the ruins to the NE corner of the site along the eastern back of Building A and the eastern back of the North Platform which starts your tour at the Ball Court. We have written the word ENTER on the site map where most people actually enter the ruins. However, some people enter by going up to the top of the North Platform and then down into the ruins. INAH has placed many restrictions upon where you can walk at Monte Alban since our last trip in December of 1982 and unfortunately you can not get the full view of many of the structures that we had in 1982. Our last page will show many of those views for your enjoyment.

A word about the restrictions. I don't like it, but if I were the director of INAH, I would do the same thing. First, the stones are of soft material and it is easily damaged by acid rain. Second, the tourists just love these sites to death and they need the protection. So, we just live with it, but I do miss the old days when the real artifacts were on the sites and you could walk anywhere you wanted to walk.

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Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Parking Lots, Visitors Center. Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Near Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico Travel And Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins Parking Lots.
Visitors Center. Looking South.
Photo Taken From Tomb 105 Area.
North Side Of North Platform In Background.

Artifacts.
Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Artifacts.
Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Artifacts.
Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Artifacts.
Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Artifacts.
Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Artifacts.
Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Excavated Zapotec Tomb.
Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Excavated Zapotec Tomb.
Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Pillars.
At Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Pillars.
At Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Monte Alban Original Danzante.
At Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Monte Alban Original Danzante.
At Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Monte Alban Original Danzante.
At Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Monte Alban Original Danzante.
At Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Senora con Yelmo de Jaguar.
A Female Ruler In Jaguar Armor.
At Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.
Senora con Yelmo de Jaguar.
A Female Ruler In Jaguar Armor.
At Monte Alban On Site Museum.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins
Near Oaxaca, Mexico.
Photo Taken: November 9, 2012.

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