Monte Albán: South Platform and Reliefs --page 6 (of fifteen pages)

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The focus of the south end of the plaza is the large South Platform on which stand two smaller structures. The broad stairway has been restored and the carved stelae incorporated into its base are also copies (with the originals moved for preservation to indoor museums).

Stele at west end of base

These carvings presumably show captives since the figures have their hands tied behind their backs. Their rich costumes identify them as kings or priests. Glyphs tell more of their story.

Stele at east end of base

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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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