Pyramids in Xochicalco
|Official name||Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco|
|Cultural: iii, iv|
|Inscription||1999 (23rd |
Xochicalco (Nahuatl pronunciation:
The main ceremonial center is atop an artificially leveled hill, with remains of residential structures, mostly unexcavated, on long terraces covering the slopes. The site was first occupied by 200 BC, but did not develop into an urban center until the Epiclassic period (AD 700 – 900). Nearly all the standing architecture at the site was built at this time. At its peak, the city may have had a population of up to 20,000 people.
Of special interest are sculptured reliefs on the sides of some buildings. The Temple of the
Other monuments at the site include several other step-pyramid temples, palaces, three