Situated on a mountain 400 metres above the Oaxaca Valley Monte Albán was one of the greatest Zapotec cities. Its long history began with the Olmecs around 500 BCE and then fell under the influence of the Teotihuacán during the height of its power. Monte Albán declined in later years and by 800 CE was largely abandoned. It was subsequently adopted by the Mixtecs, primarily as the site for some magnificent gold-laden burials.
Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 12-24mm lens at 24mm on 17th November 2008.