1,300 year old kiln discovered in Mexico
|An oven used by the Zapotecs confirms the long tradition of pottery in Mexico's Oaxaca region [Credit: INAH]|
It added that this is one of the best preserved ceramic kilns ever found in the Zapotec area, and noted Oaxaca’s long tradition in making pottery.
|Archaeologists hypothesize that the oven dates from the early years of occupation of pre-Columbian site (650 - 900 AD), ie it's more than 1,300 years [Credit: INAH]|
Archaeologist Jaime Vera, head of the excavation, said the kiln “is thought to date back to the first years of the pre-Columbian settlement of the area, in other words, more than 1,300 years ago, which is deduced from the ceramics found with it.”
|This is one of the best preserved of all kilns that have been found in the Zapotec area [Credit: INAH]|
It was in the excavation period between March and December 2011 that the kiln was completely uncovered allowing its principal characteristics to be observed: a cylindrical adobe wall and shelves for placing the objects to be fired.
|This hearth was discovered recently in pre-Hispanic Archaeological Zone Atzompa [Credit: INAH]|
He said that “while today’s kilns are not identical in dimensions or shelf arrangement, they do perserve certain basic elements and the function as a space for firing ceramics.”
|Located four kilometers from Monte Alban, Atzompa has a total of 40 structures so far discovered [Credit: INAH]|
The work to provide the Atzompa Archaeological Zone with the necessary infrastructure will continue, since it is one of the pre-Columbian sits that will be opened to the public this year, INAH said. EFE
Source: Latin American Herald Tribune [January 21, 2012]