Monte Alban Archaeological Site, Oaxaca, Mexico,
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Monte Alban Archaeological Site in Oaxaca, Mexico is one of the oldest stone building complexes in Mexico. Monte Alban Ruin Site is open for tours seven days. Walk, bike, bus or drive.
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruin Site, Oaxaca, looking south
Monte Alban ruin site in Oaxaca saw its first archaeological excavation in the 1890s and then the first modern scientific mapping and excavation in 1930 when Mexican Archaeologist Alfonso Caso headed a 16 year excavation.  
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruin site is a huge site that sprawls over three peaks.  Just one small section is excavated and stabilized at Monte Alban and another at Atzompa on a distant hill.  Several of the platform mound complexes which comprise site are open for walking and climbing.  The museum on the site is also open to visitors.  
In 1932 the Caso excavations uncovered tomb 7 and the trove of Mixtec art and tomb offerings that numbered some 500,  much of it amber, obsidian, turquoise, and lost wax process gold.  The Mixtec people, a group that entered the region after the decline of the city, used the Zapotec tombs to bury their royal dead, leaving the Tomb 7 offerings in the 14th century.

Monte Alban's  Zapotec builders  laid out the city with a north south orientation 1,300 feet above the River Atoyac and the alluvial valley. Starting in 500 BC, they quarried stone from the hilltop and flattened the peak to make a broad level plaza. By 300 AD the population had risen to 30,000 people by some estimates. The city has stone platforms running the length of the quarter mile plaza, tombs primarily on the eastern and northern slopes, and two five ball courts two excavated and stabilized.
Glyphs carved in 300 BC depict defeated leaders of neighboring villages in death some researchers have speculated while others say the stones called the Danzantes( the Dancers)  depict sick and injured people. Many stelae have a glyph that some claim depict a mutilated penis, while others propose this as a symbol of fertility..
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Monte Alban Travel

The Archaeological site called Monte Alban is still just partially excavated as the huge site sprawls over three peaks where remnants of thousands of house sites and terraced fields  are visible on the hillsides.
The Archaeological Site includes Museum, reataurant, and bookstore

The settlement was built starting in 500 BC but in 750-850 AD the people left the city.
 
The hilltop complex was abandoned by 900 AD.
Monte Alban Ruin Site 500 BC-800 AD
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Monte Alban Tomb Treasure

The Mixtec people , a group from the northern mountains entered the valley of Oaxaca and used the abandoned city of Monte Alban as a burial ground.
While showing respect for the bodies they found within the old tombs, they moved skeletons and offerings aside to place their own royalty within the tombs built lt by the Zapotec people, the original builders of Monte Alban.
The offerings are now on display at the Santo Domingo Cultural Center in Oaxaca City

This standing stone is positioned to show the movement of the sun and the day of zenith at Monte Alban
Monte Alban Archaeological Site, Oaxaca, Mexico,
Monte Alban Archaeological Site at 1300 feet above the Valley of Oaxaca
Monte Alban Archaeological Ruin Site above Oaxaca City
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Reach Monte Alban, Bus Transportation, Ticket Price, Hours,

Autobuses Touristicos,  Buses To Monte Alban            Tel 516 6175l   Across from Hotel Rivera del Angel, Mina Street.   (Calle Mina)    Autobuses Touristicos makes eight trips daily ( four blocks south, four blocks west of the Zocalo.   Round trip bus (50 Pesos)   The first bus leaves 8:30 am, the last bus leaves the site at 5:00pm
Monte Alban site is open 9:00 am to5:00 pm     Pay the entrance fee at the site, 59 Pesos 

Reach Monte Alban Archaeological Site by bus, taxi, auto, bike, and hiking

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Monte Alban open seven days, museum closed monday
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