Chicomostoc Ruin Site, Zacatecas State, Mexico
Chicomostoc Ruin Site, bears the name La Quemada today because several of the buildings show signs of destruction by fire.
The ruin has not been fully explored as yet. Several cultures appear to have inhabited the ruin over the years.
The ruin sprawls over a hillside and has many building stages starting in 500 AD and possibly much earlier.
Chicomostoc or La Quemada Ruin Site Zacatecas State, Mexico is built well integrated into the side of a steep hill.
Chicomostoc or La Quemada has never been fully investigated or explained to the satisfaction of the scientific community because of its location and its range of architectural styles. Over the years investigators have attributed the site to Teotihuacan culture, the Toltecs, the Tarascans, the Chicomecs of Aztec legend, and the Caxcans.
An occupation between 500 AD and 900 AD has been established with evidence of earlier occupations in areas not as yet fully excavated.
The most recent building stages at the top of the mountain are of a defensive nature similar to what is found in other post classic Mesoamerican cities.
Chicomostoc Ruin Site in Zacatecas State,Mexico is commonly called La Quemada today but is thought by some researchers to be the land of the Chicomecs of Aztec legend.
Structures at Chicomostoc or La Quemada such as this steep sided pyramid have not been fully investigated or explained to the satisfaction of Archaeologists. The range of architectural styles would appear to have influences from the Teotihuacan culture, the Toltecs, the Tarascans, possibly the Chicomecs of Aztec legend, and the Caxcans.
A definite occupation between 500 AD and 900 AD has been established with evidence of earlier occupations in areas that have not been fully excavated.
A wall built thickly at the top of the mountain indicate the need for a defensive nature of later building staged, similar to what is found in other late and post classic Mesoamerican cities.
According to some researchers La Quemada was constructed in 300 AD by people of the Chalchihuites culture the builder of Alta Vista to the north and had ties with Teotihuacan.
After 700 AD the city became a walled fortified town and then the city went into a slow decline.
The site is thought by some to be the legendary Chicomostoc of the Aztec legends , "The Place of The Seven Caves"
According to local info the mountainous region does have caves along a ridge into which the ruin is built
La Quemada has the remains of a ball court over 200 feet long, the sides of which had been removed in colonial times for building stone.
The pyramid of the offerings, the steep sided pyramid has generated much conjecture about ritual sacrifice which could have been common at la Quemada based on the discovery of skeletal remains showing signs of mutilation
Chicomostoc Ruin Site, Zacatecas State, Mexico is possibly the land of the Aztec legends. Chicomostoc bears the name La Quemada today and has not been fully explored as yet and still holds many secrets of its past inhabitants.
Chicomostoc Ruin Site, Zacatecas State, Mexico is thought to have Aztec influence as well as influence from Teotihuacan.
Chicomostoc Ruin Site in Zacatecas State, Mexico is thought by some to be the one time home of the Aztecs. The site show influence by several cultures including Teotihuacan.
La Quemada is built into the side of a hill