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MONTE ALBÁN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

The Conservation, Documentation and Interpretation of the Carved Stones of Monte Albán

MONTE ALBÁN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Oaxaca, Mexico
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BACKGROUND

The ancient Zapotec metropolis of Monte Albán was founded in the 6th century B.C. on a flattened mountain overlooking the city of Oaxaca. The history of the site is documented in its architectural remains spread over some 6.5 square kilometers, including structures built around the Great Plaza, the north and south ends of which are anchored by massive platform mounds. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The Monte Albán Archaeological Site, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1987, was listed on the 2008 Watch due to the threats it faced. The World Heritage designation calls attention to the great importance of the site and Watch listing signals there are improvements needed to assure the sustainability of the archaeological zone. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The text on the stones at Monte Albán is significant in providing insight into this ancient Zapotec civilization. Preventing further decay of the stones is essential to continuing research in the field and to long-term appreciation of Zapotec culture.