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Cuicuilco Archeological Site and Site Museum

ATTRACTIONS · Museums , Monumental Mexico
Free

classification

Science and history, Archeology

schedule

Mon
09:00-17:00
Tue
09:00-17:00
Wed
09:00-17:00
Thu
09:00-17:00
Fri
09:00-17:00
Today
09:00-17:00
Sun
09:00-17:00

at your disposal

+52 (55) 5606 9758

How to get

Insurgentes Sur s/n, Col. Isidro Fabela. 14030, Tlalpan

in detail

Cuicuilco was the first ceremonial center of the Valley of Mexico. The word Cuicuilco is of Nahuatl origin and means "place of songs". Latest research indicates that the place was inhabited from 2000 BC and reached its peak during the Middle Preclassic period. Between 600 to 800 AD the city may have had up to 20,000 inhabitants. Xitle volcano eruptions caused the site to be abandoned and were crucial to the subsequent development of cultures such as the Teotihuacan.

The main building is dedicated to the god Huehuetéotl "Old God of Fire" and inside there are cinnabar red drawings. Some research indicates that the first steps for developing the first calendar based on the observation of the sun's movements were taken here.

The site is divided into Cuicuilco A, comprising the Great Base, Kiva, Building E1 and the Estela; plus a tour of the ecological reserve. It includes three other sectors outside the archaeological site: Cuicuilco B (Olympic Village), Peña Pobre and Cuicuilco D. It also includes the Tenantongo mound in the Forest of Tlalpan.

The museum shows the importance of one of the oldest cities in the Valley of Mexico and the first great religious civic center of the Mexican Plateau. The museum itself was opened in 1970, where archaeological objects found in the excavation, such as tools, personal items and even bodies are displayed, shedding light onto the customs of the people.

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