The following pictures are of, or from, the ruins at Yagul. Yagul is a few miles from Mitla and southeast
of Oaxaca, Mexico. Other than the young woman you see in a couple of these photos, I had the place to
myself for most of my stay here. It cost 27 pesos to enter. The hill overlooking the site is about 300 feet higher.
Per Wikipedia: Yagul is an archaeological site and former city-state associated with the Zapotec civilization
of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The site was declared one of the
country's four Natural Monuments on 13 October 1998. The site is also known locally as Pueblo Viejo
(Old Village) and was occupied at the time of the Spanish Conquest. After the Conquest the population
was relocated to the nearby modern town of Tlacolula where their descendants still live.
Yagul was first occupied around 500-100 BC. Around 500-700 AD, residential, civic and ceremonial
structures were built at the site. However, most of the visible remains date to 1250-1521 AD, when the site
functioned as the capital of a Postclassic city-state.
The site was excavated in the 1950s and 60s by archaeologists Ignacio Bernal and John Paddock.
Vestiges of human habitation in the area, namely cliff paintings at Caballito Blanco, date to at least 3000
BCE. After the abandonment of Monte Albán about 800 CE, the region's inhabitants established themselves
in various small centers such as Lambityeco, Mitla and Yagul.
Click on any picture below to see a larger version of it.
since September 4, 2005