Friday, 4 July 2014

Monte Albán - Mexico

Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The site is situated atop an artificially-leveled ridge, which with an elevation of about 1,940 m (6,400 ft) above sealevel.

The city was founded around 500BC. The ruins are very impressive.

Ancient Mexican Football.

 This group of stones are the so-called "Danzantes" (literally, dancers), found mostly in the vicinity of Building L.
They represent naked men in unusual poses. The original explanation that they are dancers has been discredited and they are today believed to represent captured & sacrificed prisoners. They were most likely tortured which explains their twisted bodies. Some of them are genitally mutilated.

You can view more of my Mexican travels here

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