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The ruins of the Zapotec city of Monte Alban located on a bluff overlooking the city of Oaxaca. (zoom)

In the Valley of Oaxaca in western Mexico, the Zapotec developed an impressive early civilization, the remains of which can still be seen in the ruins of Monte Alban.

At FAMSI see "Zapotec Writing: Knowledge, Power, and Memory in Ancient Oaxaca" by Javier Urcid (online).

Also at FAMSI, see the Catalog of Zapotec Effigy Vessels (online).