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    March 9, 2009--When it comes to pre-Columbian civilizations, the Aztec and Maya--known for their spectacular pyramids and temples, hieroglyphic writing systems and violent rituals--often overshadow the Zapotec, their less familiar counterparts in southern Mexico. But the Zapotec also played a vital role in ancient Mesoamerica.
    Archaeologists Gary Feinman and Linda Nicholas have been peeling back layers of everyday life in El Palmillo, a Zapotec center that thrived in the Valley of Oaxaca from about A.D. 200 to 900.
    Among their finds: an urn (pictured) showing a representation of Cocijo, the all-important rain god. His prominent nose ornament signifies high status.



    Beneath a palace, in a tomb where Zapotec nobles buried their dead, archaeologist Gary Feinman holds an urn showing the rain god Cocijo.
    "I was relieved we'd been able to excavate it from its context intact," Feinman recalls.
    In the Zapotecs farm-based economy, Cocijo was a vital force. Experts believe Zapotec nobles dressed up as the god to try and ensure a good harvest.


    The Zapotec were pioneers in the use of agriculture and writing systems. They built Monte Albán, one of the earliest cities in the Americas.
    They were also gifted ceramic artisans. Archaeologists found dozens of ceramic vessels such as these buried in a rare unlooted tomb beneath a hilltop palace at El Palmillo. Originally these may have been filled with food and drink for the journey to the underworld.






    A carved stone monkey, about 1,200 years old, was among the finds at the El Palmillo palace site.
    Although monkeys were not native to this highland area, artisans in the Valley of Oaxaca sometimes depicted them in carvings.


    This nose ornament, carved from obsidian, was found during excavation of the El Palmillo site.
    Obsidian, a form of volcanic rock valued for its strength and durability, was an important resource for ancient Mesoamerican cultures including the Zapotec and Maya.
    All obsidian in the pre-Hispanic Valley of Oaxaca had to be imported from volcanic sources hundreds of miles away.

    PHOTOS: Lost Treasures of the Zapotec Civilization

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    fascinating.

    have you seen Apocolypto?! omg i love that movie! so heart-wrenching...

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    so incredible. the zapotec culture has always fascinated me. they were so advanced in agriculture for their time...it is truly amazing. and, that part of mexico is so gorgeous. i am going to visit oaxaca some day.
    white, black, puerto rican/everybody just a freakin'/good times were rollin'.


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    me too! oaxacan food is the bomb!

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    hahahaha! i was even going to say that!
    white, black, puerto rican/everybody just a freakin'/good times were rollin'.


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    I wish I could just hunt around for stuff like this and get paid.

    I think it's very interesting.

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    Mole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMNED HONEY!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on, let's have lots of drinks.

    Fuck you all, I'm going viral.

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    and real tostadas w/ oaxacan cheese and black beans............ i wanna go back to mexico

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    I'll cook you some real mexican food. I'll even use my molcajete.
    KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMNED HONEY!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on, let's have lots of drinks.

    Fuck you all, I'm going viral.

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    my molcajete gets used as storage for garlic & onions.
    white, black, puerto rican/everybody just a freakin'/good times were rollin'.


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    So does mine!
    KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMNED HONEY!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on, let's have lots of drinks.

    Fuck you all, I'm going viral.

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