LISS.398A TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT and HUMAN ADAPTATION:
PART II PRE-EUROPEAN MESOAMERICA



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MONTE ALBAN IV (750-1000 A.D.) - V (1000-1520 A.D.)

By the end of Monte Albán IV the
Main Plaza had been completely abandoned. A relatively small population of some 4000 people continued to occupy the site through the Monte Albán V phase clustering mostly on the hillside to the north of the North Platform inside the defensive wall near the bottom of the hill.

Surface evidence of a Monte Albán IV occupation is lacking, but some 40% of the tombs located in the area described above contain material datable to IV. This has prompted some to suggest that this part of Monte Albán was a “necropolis” during Monte Albán IV only to be reoccupied during V.

Material specific to this period is drawn from Blanton '83.


Colorado School of Mines
Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies
Dr. Joseph D. Sneed
jsneed@mines.edu
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