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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