Jane and I were in Oaxaca earlier this month and visited several archaeological sites there, so I thought it would be appropriate for me to visit the Oaxaca Hall of the museum in Mexico City. Usually, when I go to the Anthropology Museum, I am already getting tired by the time I get to the exhibits on the Oaxacan cultures. This time I decided to start with Oaxaca and take a more thorough look at the objects on display.
The most impressive archaelogical site that we visited in Oaxaca was Monte Albán. This large mural in the hall shows what the site looked like 1500 years ago when it was the mighty capital of the Zapotec tribe.
Showcases are filled with beautiful pieces of Zapotec ceramics and sculpture.
This sculpture combines of the Zapotec rain god and the corn goddess, showing the interconnection between the two.
There is a life-size replica of one of the tombs of Monte Albán just as it looked when archaeologists found it.
I was very interested in seeing the treasures of Zaachila while I was in the Oaxaca Hall. Jane and I had visited the largely unexcavated site, and our driver told us that archaeologists had discovered a couple tombs there. All of the contents of the tombs were taken to the Anthropology Museum. The residents of Zaachila were very upset with this, and have refused to allow archaeologists to return to the site until the tomb treasures are returned to their village.
The treasures include gold jewelry, jade masks, and pottery.
I can understand why the villagers want their treasures back, although they are probably better taken care of here at Mexico's premier museum.