Trip Start Nov 17, 2011
21Trip End Apr 30, 2012
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Felt good to be back in the BUS!
Off we headed for Monte Alban, an ancient ruin that dates back to around 500 BC and ended around 850 AD.
It is a legacy of the Zapotec world. A social organization based on agricultural settlements.
We arrived about 11:00 am. Sun was high, a light breeze kept us cool.
We walked thru the mesuem first, to see all of the artifacts that were collected from the sites at Monte Alban. Amazing beauty.
We next climbed and walked around the ruins for hours. The shadows of the day were upon the ruins
The lighting and absolute wonder of this place will be in our memories forever.
These people relied upon the stars to calculate the planting season. The rainy season, the dry season. The structures built to do this "star" gazzing were so accurate.
They had to get water to the top of this mountain, there were no horses or burros yet, this was done by slaves.
There is even a ball court! The tradition of this game still survives, it is known as Mixtec Ball.
This was something that we have looked forward too since we knew we were coming here.
Was a truely wonderous day.
What a world we live in.
We are in amazment.