This past Sunday I went to the archaeological site Monte Alban. It is one of the earliest Zapotec civilizations. Evidence shows the civilization was thriving around 500 B.C. The Zapotec basically flattened out the top of an entire mountain to create this civilization (cool right!?). I also found the way they structured buildings interesting. From the images below, you will see that most of the building is gone. The only part that is left are rocks-this served as a base. The rest of the buildings were built from adobe, which are sand dried bricks. The buildings were made from this material so they were flexible, making them resistant to earthquakes. Located at the plaza were the main government buildings. All the buildings were placed according to the direction of the sun. This meant there was one building for each direction; north, south, east and west. They did this because many of the gods they worshiped were centered around the sun and moon. It was fascinating to learn how smart the Zapotec people were during this time. Visiting this site helped me develop a new appreciation for history and archaeology.