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Ancient Sites

From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, Mexico's ancient cultures have left an enduring legacy in the many archaeological sites throughout the country.

Atzompa Archaeological Site
Atzompa archaeological site is located near Oaxaca city and functioned as a satellite city of Monte Alban between 200 and 900 C.E.

Greeting the New Era in the Maya Calendar
The end of the Maya calendar cycle in December 2012 drew crowds to sites throughout the Maya world. See how some celebrated the occasion in Chichen Itza.

Mexico's Ancient Civilizations
Mesoamerica was home to many cultural groups. Here are descriptions of the most important ancient Mexican civilizations, and their various archaeological sites.

Tips for Visiting Archaeological Sites in Mexico
These tips will help you prepare for visiting Mexico's impressive archaeological sites. Find out the hours, admission fees and more.

Mesoamerica
Mesoamerica refers to a geographical and cultural area. Here's a definition of the term, and the basic characteristics and timeline of Mesoamerican civilizations.

Monte Alban
Monte Alban is among Mexico's most important and impressive ancient sites. It was once the capital of Zapotec civilization.

Mayan Civilization and Culture
An overview of Mayan culture, from ancient times to the present day.

Mayan Archaeological Sites of the Yucatan Peninsula
The Yucatan Peninsula offers many attractions but its ancient Maya ruins are among the most fascinating.

Teotihuacan Tour
Teotihuacan, a large archaeological site outside of Mexico City, is famous for its Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Take a virtual tour of this ancient site.

Templo Mayor Archaeological Site and Museum
Templo Mayor is an archaeological site and museum located in Mexico City. Find out the background and history of the Templo Mayor and visitor information including location, hours and admission fees.

Chichén Itzá Visitor's Guide
Chichén Itzá, the most famous Mayan temple city, served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization.

Chichen Itza Photo Gallery
View photos of Chichen Itza, a Mayan archaeological site, now one of the New 7 World Wonders.

Tulum: Mayan Archaeological Site
The ancient Mayan site of Tulum is located in the Riviera Maya south of Cancun. Located on the beautiful Caribbean coast, Tulum is among the most visually striking places in Mexico.

Palenque: Mayan Archaeological Site
The archaeological site El Tajin, located in Veracruz state is among Mexico's most important and impressive ancient sites.

Palenque: Mayan Archaeological Site
The archaeological site of Palenque is among the most important and impressive ancient Mayan sites.

Edzná
The fascinating archeological site of Edzna, in the Mexican state of Campeche. What to see and how to get there.

Cobá: Mayan Archeological Site
Coba is a Mayan archeological site located in Quintana Roo, Mexico, which contains several pyramids and ruins.

Where is Nohoch Mul?
Nohoch Mul is the tallest Mayan pyramid, located at the ancient Mayan archeological site of Coba in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Cenote
You'll find lots of them in the Yucatan Peninsula and for the Maya they held ritual importance, but - what is a cenote?

Breaking the Maya Code Book Review
Book review of Michael D.Coe's Breaking the Maya Code about how Mayan writing was deciphered.

2012 and the Mayan Calendar
The Maya calendar comes to an end on December 21, 2012.

Mitla Archaeological Site
Mitla is an important archaeological site which can be visited on a day trip from Oaxaca city.

Mayan Arch
The true arch did not exist in the architecture of ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, the Mayans made use of the Mayan arch in their constructions.

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