Teotihuacan was abandoned long before the Spanish arrived in 1519. The Aztecs found Teotihuacan abandoned when they arived in the 12th century.

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Teotihuacan was abandoned long before the Spanish arrived in 1519.

Teotihuacan was abandoned long before the Spanish arrived in 1519.

La quemada ruins, Zacatecas

La Quemada Ruin Site, Zacatecas

The abandoned cities of Northern Mexico lay in ruins long before the Spanish arrived in 1519.

Archaeologist speculate that drought caused an upheaval but still con not account with definitive evidence what caused the large scale abandonment of thriving ancient cities at what would seem their height of development.  A tunnel has recently been discovered under Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Sun and perhaps it will explain the abandonment of Teotihuacan.

One hundred and seventy two ruin sites are listed as open to the public by INAH, Mexico's Institute of Anthropology and History.

UNESCO lists Mexico as one of the world's top 10 nations for archaeological sites.

Along with the sites open for visitors there are another 32,000 listed but not developed and in many cases not excavated. Archaeologist believe that there are many more yet to be discovered and cataloged.

Archaeologist hope to one day discover the secret of the abandoned ancient cities but for now they remain one of Mexico's enigmas.

Did an extended drought bring on depopulation? Did a disease of the important crop, corn cause migration, starvation, decimation?

Ancient Cities Of Mexico

Many of the ancient cities were aboned between 800 and 1100 AD.  Others continued but only a few continued to build stone temples.

Tula ruin, Site warrior culture, Hidalgo, Mexico

Tula ruin, Site warrior culture, Hidalgo, Mexico

Abandoned cities in Northern Mexico:   Alta Vista   La Quemada, Zacatecas
Abandoned cities Central Mexico:   Teotihuacan   El Tajin   Tula
Abandoned cities in South Central Mexico:   Monte Alban   Yagul   Dainzu
Abandoned cities in Yucatan Mexico:   Palenque   Bonampak   Chichen Itza

The Aztecs found Teotihuacan abandoned when they arrived in the area in the 12th century

The Aztecs found Teotihuacan abandoned when they arrived in the area in the 12th century.

Alta Vista ruin site

Alta Vista ruin site

Teotihuacan 200 BC-600 AD abandoned after 600 AD

Teotihuacan 200 BC-600 AD abandoned after 600 AD

Ruin site El Tajin, Veracruz
Ruin site El Tajin, Veracruz

Tikal ruin, Guatemala

Tikal transportation from Palenque details, Flores

Tonina ruin site, Ocosingo, Chiapas, Maya ruins

Tonina ruin site, Ocosingo,
Chiapas, Maya ruins

Tulum, Maya ruin site, Yucatan, Quintana Roo

Tulum, Maya ruin site, Yucatan, Quintana Roo

Tulum was still occupied when the Spanish arrived in 1519
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