Oaxaca Archaeological Ruin Sites West Of Oaxaca City
The archaeological ruin site of San Jose El Mogote offers a small museum where artifacts show an Olmec influence of Gulf Coast mixed with Zapotec art of the resident Zapotec Monte Alban culture
Huijazoo Archaeological ruin site west of Oaxaca Cty is an undeveloped site
In culturally rich Oaxaca archaeological digs continue and new artifacts enter the Oaxaca Cultural Museum in the city
San Jose Mogote Ruin Site and Museum
Oaxaca Archaeological Ruin Sites west of the city include the most notable archaeological site in Oaxaca, Monte Alban, just a few miles west of Oaxaca Centro on a mountain top above the city.
Built on a mountaintop at 1300 feet Monte Alban ruled Oaxaca Valley for 1200 years
From 1500 BC to 1519 AD, technologically- advanced indigenous cultures in Oaxaca built monumental cities of stone, reaching an apex in artistic achievement at around 800 AD and then
becoming resurgent in 1,200 AD.
The Spanish conquerers who came in 1519 and the subsequent colonists built their churches over
the temples where the looted the quarried rock for building material. Several town and vilage churches are constructed on the foundations of the ancient temples
Oaxaca City has several preserved archaeological sites within a few miles west of the city. These are major sites open to the public where you can also find a museum. (Atzompa and San Jose El Mogote) Rreach by tour, private auto, taxi, collective taxi, or public bus and crossroads colective taxi. .
Of this group Monte Alban, just a few miles west, Atzompa, and San Jose El Mogote have museums and can be reached easily by public transportation. San Jose operates a community museum and it might require a visit to the municipal building to find the caretaker to open it. This small museum displays an incredible array of artifacts with art styles of the Olmec and Zapotec. Also a museum of village life during the colonial period.
Huijazoo is several miles from the city of Oaxaca and can be harder to reach by public transportation because of its remote access road. Visit from the village of suchilquitongo near Huitzo. Tours of this undeveloped site are best arranged through the local officials at Huitzo/Suchilquitongo, or guides in Oaxaca City
Oaxaca's Historic District.
Two museums in the city display artifacts, the Santo Domingo Cultural Center and the
Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-hispanic Art
The archaeological site of San Jose El Mogote, west of Oaxaca City is the oldest site comprised of stone buildings in Oaxaca
Tomb at Zaachila Ruin Site. Zaachila is a small site in the town of Zaachila, just across from the church. Not much more than mounds except that there is a chance to enter the tombes
Archaeological Sites West of Oaxaca City
A few miles west of Oaxaca city find the oldest site in the Oaxaca Valley, San Jose El Mogote, 1500 BC, and its museum.
Another site within wiew of the city is the new site of Atzompa. Reach these Archaeological sites by bus, taxi, or collectivo.
archaeological sites had building stages that
spanned 1500 BC to 900
Oaxaca Ruins Sites west of Oaxaca City include Monte Alban, San Jose el Mogote, the new site of Atzompa, and the undeveloped site of Huijazoo.
West of Oaxaca City
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The archaeological ruin site of Atzompa is just west of Oaxaca city and can be reached by taxi or collective taxi.
The view from the Archaeological site of Atzompa shows the City of Oaxaca below the Archaeological site of Monte Alban with its terraced hillsides