Freedom8 Mesoamerica


Located in the modern town of the same name in western Morelos. Coatetelco was a medium-sized urban site in the middle pre-classic period. The central part of the city has been excavated and restored, including a ball-court, a small temple-pyramid, and several other structures, all grouped around a public plaza. There is a small museum with finds from the site. The ball-court is an especially nice example of a small Mesoamerican ball-court. Excavations under the main stairway of the flanking platform encountered elite burials with hundreds of grave goods, including ceramic vessels, obsidian, jade, and copper-bronze objects. An unusual carefully-stacked pile of manos (basalt tools for grinding maize on a metate) was found adjacent to the ball-court; this is still visible today.