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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
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.
plan shows that the main structure found at Dainzu
is Building A, built into a defensible position on the
hillside overlooking the tributary
At the south end of Building A are a set of
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
patios, temples, and stairways.