Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca Mexico, Dainzu Archaeological Site
Dainzu  is on of many archaeological Ruin Sites in Oaxaca, Mexico, most of them located within 30 miles of the City of Oaxaca.

Dainzu ruin site's location gives it a fine view of part of the broad valley that spreads beneath the major city complex of Monte Alban.

From the City of Oaxaca, 2nd class buses to Mitla and Tlacolula pass by the access road to the Ruin, a nearly mile of roughly paved and dirt road

The buses go south along the Valley of Oaxaca and will stop at the access road on Route 190, about 16 miles southwest of Oaxaca City and 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 between 600 BC and 200 AD

Many small sites are scattered in the area, most un-excavated.
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 large, partially restored ball court built in the tenth century AD and a group of sculpted stones depicting ball players that are similar to Monte Alban's Danzantes.

Dainzu ruin site was excavated in 1965 by Ignacio Bernal. The site has a tomb with a sculpted Jaguar lintel. There are two hilltop ruin sites nearby, one above Dainzu and another on a hill opposite the access road.
Dainzu was built on a hillside with a  ruin at the top of the hill
From the ruin the builders had a good view of the ball court and the valley towards the present day village of Tlacochahuaya
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.
The Dainzu Ruin ball court 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  sculptured stones that depict ball players were moved beneath a roofed structure..
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Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca Mexico is part of a large Archaeological Site that is open to the public on Route 190, sixteen miles from Oaxaca City. Dainzu is noted for its ball court and sculptures of ball players.
Dainzu Ruin Site is open to the public on Route 190, sixteen miles south east of Oaxaca City. Dainzu is noted for its ball court and sculptures of ball players.
Dainzu Ruin Site is noted for its ball court and sculptures of ball players.
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Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dainzu Ruin Site, Oaxaca, Mexico is noted for its ballcourt and stone sculptures of ball players
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