Monte Albán: Buildings in the Center of the Grand Plaza--page 3 (of fifteen pages)

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Buildings G, H, I (from north to south) in the center of the Grand Plaza, begun earlier but surviving buildings about 500-750 CE

This complex may have been considered one structure.

Building H with magnificent staircase

Andrew Coe suggests that this complex may have "acted as great altar, with the central Building H the focus of ritual activity" (216).

Views from the southeast


Views from the southwest--back of the central complex--looking toward the North Platform


Center: view toward north showing central buildings and the buildings on the east side of the Grand Plaza; right: looking south with the backs of the central buildings

Continue to page 4.

Works consulted or quoted:
Andrew Coe. Archaeological Mexico. Emeryville, CA: Avalon Travel Publishing, 2001.
Michael D. Coe and Rex Koontz. Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs. Fifth Edition. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002.
Nelly M. Robles Garcia. Monte Albán: History, Art, Monuments. Mexico: Monclem Ediciones, 2004. [official guide]
INAH. Signage at the site.
Mary Ellen Miller. The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec. Third Edition. London: Thames and Hudson, 2001.

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