San Jose el Mogote Archaeological Ruin Site,Oaxaca, Mexico
San Jose Mogote or San Jose el Mogote Archaeological Ruin Site is an important Ruin site because it is the oldest stone city found to date in Mexico.
The site was first settled in 1500 BC in the valley now called Oaxaca, San Jose El Mogote was a political center from 1500 to 500 BC.
17* 20' N 96* 59' w Etla Valley Oaxaca Mexico south Central Mexico 8 miles northwest of Oaxaca city
Contact with the Olmec culture of Veracruz or trade activity is evident in the ceramic and stone pottery and sculpture displayed at San Jose's small museum next to the largely un restored ruin. Recent study has shown that ceramic goods might have flowed both ways between San Jose el Mogote and the Olmec centers on the gulf coast.
As the nearby city of Monte Alban took shape in 500 BC San Jose Mogote lost its importance as a political center. Power shifted to the larger city on the hill just outside present day Oaxaca city.
Trade with the Olmec culture is evident in the ceramic and stone pottery and sculpture at the small museum next to the largely un-restored ruin. Recent study has shown that ceramic goods flowed both ways between San Jose el Mogote and the Olmec centers on the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
San Jose el Mogote Archaeological Ruin Site,Oaxaca, Mexico is one of the oldest stone ruin sites in Mexico. The complex of stone buildings dates to 1500 years BC with occupation lasting until 500 BC.
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