Ancient Cities Of Northern Mexico, Ancient Ruin Sites Abandoned in Pre Hispanic Times
An extended drought that brought on
depopulation is a theory often proposed by
researchers but no definitive evidence has been
Archaeologist speculate that drought caused an upheaval but still can not account with definitive
evidence what caused the large scale abandonment of thriving ancient cities at what would seem their
height of development.
One hundred and seventy two ruin sites are listed as open to the public by INAH, Mexico's Institute of
Anthropology and History.
UNESCO lists Mexico as one of the world's top 10 nations for archaeological sites.
Along with the sites open for visitors there are another 32,000 listed but not developed and in many cases not
excavated. Archaeologist believe that there are many more yet to be discovered and cataloged.
Archaeologist hope to one day discover the secret of the abandoned ancient cities but for now they remain
one of Mexico's enigmas.
All but a few of the ancient cities in Mexico were abandoned long
before the Spanish arrived in 1519. Archaeologist can still not
account for the large scale abandonment of thriving ancient cities
at what would seem their height of development.
Paquime Ruin site Mexico is also called Casas Grandes after the multi story houses
found by the first Spanish to visit the area. The large settlement of adobe buildings with
little stone used in the construction was abandoned 100 years before the Spanish
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