New Discoveries at Monte Albán: Buried Buildings and Political Transformation at the Zapotec Capital

New Discoveries at Monte Albán: Buried Buildings and Political Transformation at the Zapotec Capital

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

a presentation by Dr. Marc N. Levine, Associate Curator of Archaeology at the Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma


6:00-7:00 p.m. Arizona time, via Zoom
FREE

Monte Albán was established in the Valley of Oaxaca around 500 BCE and is widely considered one of Mesoamerica’s first urban centers. Lying at the heart of the capital, the Main Plaza was an open area framed by monumental stone platforms, temples, and palaces. This talk highlights the results of multi-sensor geophysical prospection at the Main Plaza and the discovery of at least three previously unknown buried buildings. These discoveries provide evidence supporting the notion that there was a profound shift in the nature of political authority at Monte Albán during the Pe to Nisa phase transition (300-100 BCE). This shift led to a veritable building boom that produced the version of the Main Plaza we see today.

This program is held in conjunction with the exhibit, Wrapped in Color: Legacies of the Mexican Sarape, showing through July 2022.

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