Monte Alban

February 26, 2006


Provided by: Marissa Jones
Summary authors & editors: Marissa Jones

Monte Alban, located just outside the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, was built around 500 B.C. and was occupied until 900 A.D. It was constructed on top of the highest of a number of limestone-sandstone hills in the Oaxaca area -- it's roughly 400 m (1,312 ft) in height and affords a clear view of the Valley of Oaxaca. The Zapotec people were Monte Alban's last residents and were likely forced to leave by the Aztecs. However, Monte Alban remained an important religious and burial site until 1521 A.D. Photograph taken in January 2006.

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