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Zapotec Digs in Mexico Shows Clues to Rise and Fall

Publication: National Geographic magazine   Date: March 9, 2009   View Article

When it comes to pre-Columbian civilizations, the Aztec and Maya—known for their spectacular pyramids and temples, hieroglyphic writing systems, and elaborate, violent rituals—often overshadow the Zapotec, their less familiar counterparts centered in southern Mexico.

But the Zapotec also played a vital role in ancient Mesoamerica, and archaeologists are seeking new clues to the rise and fall of their culture and civilization, which flourished and declined in the Valley of Oaxaca at roughly the same time as the ancient Maya.

Week in Photos: Lion Rides Horse, Knife in Head, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 2, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of events in the news. Shots include National Day celebrations in China, the last combat mission of the MH 53 Pave Low helicopters, the end of Ramadan, an x-ray of a 16-year-old with a knife stuck in his head, spacewalking Chinese astronauts, Brazilian stock traders in a tanking market, and opening ceremonies on the Megyeri Bridge in Hungary.

Week in Photos: Channel Fire, Horse Fight, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 18, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of events in the news. Shots include a horse fight at the Mid-Autumn festival in China, soldiers in the grito gather in Mexico, photos drying out from Hurricane Ike in Texas, traffic backed up in Dover, England after a fire broke out in the Channel Tunnel, a dust storm in Baghdad, Iraq, a cremation for a killed boy in India’s terrorist bombings, and plunge in the DAX, Germany’s stock market.

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