More history at Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca

Zapotec Civilization Flourishes at Monte Albán (500 BC – 750 AD)

The height of Monte Albán’s urban and cultural development, indicating the Zapotec civilization’s early prominence.

Late Classic Period of Zapotec (Around 900 AD)

The anthropomorphic funerary urn representing Xipe Totec reflects the religious practices during this period.

Mixtec Expansion (11th – 12th Centuries)

The Mixtecs become prominent, known for their detailed artistry, during the post-classic period, extending into the early phase of the Spanish conquest.

Spanish Conquest of Oaxaca (1521 AD Onwards)

The beginning of Spanish influence in the region, leading to cultural changes and the integration of indigenous people into the colonial system.

Post-Conquest Zapotec and Mixtec Culture (Post-1521)

The survival and adaptation of Zapotec and Mixtec cultural elements post-Spanish conquest, including religious and artistic practices.

Ongoing Study and Exhibition of Artifacts (Modern Era)

Artifacts like the codices, sculptures, and urns are curated for education and preservation in museums.

More at Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, Santo Domingo:
1a. Cerrada de Macedonio Alcala s/n, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax.