Dainzu Ruin Site Oaxaca Mexico

Dainzu Archaeological Ruin Site Oaxaca

Dainzu ruin Site is located in the Valley of Oaxaca, South Central Mexico on Route 190, 16 miles southeast of Oaxaca City near the village of Macuilxochitl

The Zapotec culture established the settlement in 600 BC  and developed the city in several stages until 1200 AD.
Archaeologist believe that the city reached its zenith before 200 AD

Dainzu Ruin site's buildings consist of quarried stone and river cobbles.
There is no museum at the site. The fee is 34 peso.

Dainzu Ruin site's unusual features include a partially restored ball court built in the tenth century and a group of sculpted stones depicting ball players that are similar to Monte Alban's Danzantes.

Dainzu ruin site, excavated in 1965 by Ignacio Bernal, also has a tomb with a sculpted Jaguar lintel and a hilltop ruin site.  

Dainzu Ruin Site Ballcourt, Oaxaca
From the ruin,  the builders had a good view of the ball court and the valley towards the present day village of Tlacochahuaya

Ballcourt Sculptures, Dainzu

The large group of sculpted stones similar to Monte Alban's Danzante sculptures depict rituals that pertain to the ball game.

Dainzu's sculptures depict two different styles of ball game equipment , prompting researchers to speculate that the game changed over the years.

Dainzu Ballcourt

The ball court at Dainzu would have had a coating of stucco in Pre-hispanic times and the sloping sides would have been smooth

During the excavation and stabilization of the site the sculptured stones were  put beneath a sheltering roof.
Dainzu Ruin Site Oaxaca, Mexico.
Dainzu Ballcourt,Ruin Site, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dainzu sculptures, Ballplayers, Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dainzu Ruin Site Oaxaca
Dainzu Archaeological Ruin Site Oaxaca, Mexico.
Dainzu Ruin Site Oaxaca, Mexico is located in the Valley of Oaxaca, South Central Mexico on Route 190, 16 miles southeast of Oaxaca City.
Dainzu ruin includes a partially restored ball court built in the tenth century.
Dainzu Ruin Site ball court Oaxaca, Mexico.
Dainzu Archaeological Ruin Site Oaxaca, Mexico was a center for the ball game.
Dainzu ballcourt, Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dainzu sculptures, ballplayers, Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dainzu Ballcourt, Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca, Mexico
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