OAXACA, MEXICO — A pottery oven built between 600-900 CE has been found at the Zapotec site of Atzompa, confirming the long tradition of pottery making in Oaxaca.
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It was built under the platform of the House of the Altar at the site. The oven has a circular adobe wall.
Atzompa was a satellite city of Monte Alban used to disperse population from the overcrowded site of Monte Alban. 40 structures have been found there so far including 3 ball courts, one of them, the largest ever found in the Zapotec area.
Trade items from Teotihuacan have also been found there.
Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) has the story in Spanish with a great slide show and video (click on the tiny red camera and video icons).