Main Structure
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Juego de Pelota (ball court)
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Outlying Ruins
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Main Structure - second angle
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The Zapotec Ruins at Dainzu

In the Tlacolula branch of the Oaxaca Valley, alongside the same tributary stream that runs through Teotitlan del Valle, are found the ruins at Dainzu. View Dainzu Site Plan

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of selected areas of the Dainzu archaeological site.

In Zapotec Dainzu means "hill of the organ cactus," and indeed the main structure at Dainzu is built into a rocky hillside. The earliest known human habitation at Dainzu dates from 700-600 B.C.

The site is on a west-facing hillside unusual in large Oaxaca Valley sites in that it has no view of Monte Alban.

The site plan shows that the main structure found at Dainzu is Building A, built into a defensible position on the hillside overlooking the tributary stream.

At the south end of Building A are a set of stone carvings, which mainly depict ballplayers at the Juego de Pelota, or ballcourt.

Found on the gentle slope just below Building A is a series of outlying structures, including the remains of portions of patios, temples, and stairways.


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