La Quemada, Ruin Site, Zacatecas State,Mexico  (Chicomostoc)
La Quemada Ruin Site Zacatecas State, Mexico has
not been fully excavated or stabilized.  
Pyramid of the Offerings or Votive Pyramid at La Quemada Ruin Site
Zacatecas State, Mexico
Structures at La Quemada
such as this steep-sided
Pyramid Of The Offerings

(pictured below) have not been
fully investigated or explained to
the satisfaction of Archaeologists.
The range of architectural styles
would appear to have influences
from the Teotihuacan culture, the
Toltecs, the Tarascans, and
possibly the Chicomecs of Aztec
legend.   The site is called
Chicomostoc by some and
thought to be the land of the Aztec
legends.
A definite occupation between
500 AD and 900 AD has been
established with evidence of
earlier occupations.  The ruins
have not been fully excavated.
La Quemada was constructed in 300 AD by people of the Chalchihuites
culture the builder of Alta Vista to the north according to researchers.  The
site also shows ties with Teotihuacan.  

After 700 AD, the site became a walled fortified town and then went into a
slow decline.  

The site is thought by some researchers to be the legendary Chicomostoc
of the Aztec legends , "The Place of The Seven Caves."  
According to local info the mountainous region does have caves along a
ridge into which the ruin is built

La Quemada has the remains of a ball court over 200 feet long, the sides of
which had been removed in colonial times for building stone.
A wall built
thickly at the top
of the mountain
indicates the
need for a
defensive
nature of later
building stages,
similar to what
is found in other
late and post
classic
Mesoamerican
cities.
The pyramid of the offerings, the steep sided pyramid has
generated much conjecture about ritual sacrifice which could
have been common at  la Quemada based on the discovery of
skeletal remains showing signs of mutilation
Reach La Quemada:   south of Zacatecas City on Route 54
The so called Votive
Pyramid  holds the interest
of researchers because of
its unusually steep walls.
The pyramid was once
covered with a masonry
material, remnants of which
are still in place at the  top.
A stairway on the southern
face once led to a temple
at the top.
The pyramid of the
offerings has generated
much conjecture about
ritual sacrifice which could
have been common at  la
Quemada based on the
discovery of skeletal
remains showing signs of
mutilation
La Quemada or Chicomostoc Ruin Site, Zacatecas Mexico
La Quemada, Ruin Site in Zacatecas State, Mexico is also called
Chicomostoc.  The range of architectural styles have influences
from the Teotihuacan culture, the Toltecs, and the Tarascans. The
Chicomecs of Aztec legend possibly also occupied the site.
La Quemada Ruin Site Zacatecas State, Mexico has
not been fully excavated but a large portion has been
stabilized and is open to the public.
The Pyramid of the Offerings at La
Quemada Ruin Site Zacatecas State,
Mexico has not been fully explained.
La Quemada, Ruin Site in
Zacatecas State, Mexico is also
called Chicomostoc.
La Quemada, Ruin Site in Zacatecas State, Mexico is also called Chicomostoc.
La Quemada contains architectural styles influenced by the Teotihuacan culture, the Toltec culture and
the Tarascans.  La Quemada or Chicomostoc was possibly the home of the Chicomecs of Aztec legend
and was occupied by various cultures between 500 AD and 900 AD..
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