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Preceded by calendrical dates, both these monuments depict snakes with their maws wide open, out of which emerge humans. The other three sides of the stelae are covered with what some scholars maintain is a writing system.

Stelae 1 and 3
Late Classic (600-900 A.D.)
Xochicalco, State of Morelos
Volcanic tuff
Originally, approximately 1.50 m.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara