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Known as San Jose or San José Mogote Mogote, this archaeological data from the historical period known as the Preclassic, and is considered to have been inhabited around 1500 BC, making it one of the oldest towns of Oaxaca.
San Jose Mogote is located in the Etla Valley, northwest of Monte Alban, and according to studies that have been done on site, its inhabitants were skilled astronomers dedicated to the calendrical calculations. Over time, San Jose became the political center of the area during the Stage Urbana, when he began building settlements to officers in the Valley of Oaxaca, in turn establishing itself as a major point of contact between cultures Zapotec and Olmec, as well evidenced by the pottery remains found at the site. And speaking of ceramics, we know that San Jose was an important craft center, specializing in the production of pyrite and magnetite mirrors, highly appreciated by the Olmecs of the Gulf Coast.
The great development that San Jose had during the period between 850 and 500 BC, saw the light turn off when Monte Albán began to be present to achieve complete mastery of the region, hence, the hegemony of San Jose Mogote formally ended about 400 BC, leaving only specimens of this period of transition and readjustment cultural, architectural style remains Monte Alban, for example, in the main square, monumental structures include a temple on a hill top with basement block of stone, likewise, there is a figure similar to the famous dancers Monte Alban, Which belongs to an older stage (Monte Alban I), which lies in a corridor between two platforms.
Here, too, can be seen a series of terraces that are distributed on the remains of temples and stairways, of which some are partially restored and little explored.