Zona Arqueologica de Tacaxic-Colixtlahuaca y los Matlatzincas

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Author: Garcia Payon, Jose (1896-1977)

Year: 1936

Publisher: Talleres Graficsos de la Nacion

Place: Mexico City


255 pages with foldout maps, plates, appendix and bibliography. Royal (9 1/2" x 7 1/4") bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and original wrappers bound in. First edition.

Calixtlahuaca is a Postclassic period Mesoamerican archaeological site, located near the present-day city of Toluca in the State of Mexico. Known originally as "Matlatzinco", this urban settlement was a powerful capital whose kings controlled a large territory in the Toluca Valley. Archaeologist José García Payón excavated the monumental architecture at Calixtlahuaca in the 1930s and restored a number of temples and other buildings. Most notable are Structure 3, a circular temple dedicated to the Aztec wind god Ehecatl, and Structure 17, a large royal “palace”. The architecture and stone sculpture at the site is similar to that of other Middle to Late Postclassic period (AD 1100-1520) Aztec sites in central Mexico.


Extremities moderately rubbed, pages unread still to be separated else very good.

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