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The Settlement Jagul

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The settlement Jagul is a former pre-Columbian city-state of zapoteco. Now there are archaeological excavations, it may be called the archaeological area Agul. It is located in the South of Mexico, 36 km South-East of the city Oaxaca de juárez. From the language of the Indians of zapotecos the word "Agol" translates as "Old wood" or "Old barrel".

People began to develop the land in the area Agula in the third Millennium BC, the First buildings of the settlement Agul appeared in VI-VII centuries, and the peak of construction occurred in the so-called classical Mesoamerican period, that is 900-1520 years.

After the fall of the dominant in the valley of Oaxaca Indian city of Monte Alban in the VIII century BC among other surrounding towns a struggle for power over the region. Agul at that time occupied a strategically convenient place - it was located on an artificial hill and was well fortified to withstand the pressure of the troops from the neighboring towns.

The area of the settlement Jagul consists of three parts. The Central sector includes the temples and palaces, dominated by the Acropolis with a fortress and a high tower, which offers a magnificent overview of other cities around the settlement. If you climb the tower, you can see the entire valley of Oaxaca. From the West, South and East Central part of the city surround the house of ordinary citizens Agula. Local area for playing ball is considered the second largest in the entire Mesoamerican region. The biggest field is located in the complex of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula.