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Zapotec tombs at Monte Albán, where many of the elite lived, were built within in the center of their homes. Most of the time, these tombs were sealed except for ceremonial or burial purposes.
Our first day at Monte Albán was on June 29 , 2014 , we stayed for about three hours which included getting the layout of the site and measuring Tomb 118. The entry way was a little short, we had to duck to get in; it was about .9 meters high and .4 meters wide. Comparatively, inside the tomb the floor of the tomb was approximately 3.6 meter in length and 1.4 meters wide. The highest point of the tomb was 1.8 meters. Therefore, the tomb was high enough to stand up in, which was interesting to all of us (the tallest of us–Catherine, the one in the pink shirt–being 1.7 meters tall). Also, about three of us could stand inside without it being crowded. It was between noon and two in the afternoon, so sunlight that came from the entrance was sufficient. Also, all of the pictures turned out well without flash.
Below are just a few more photos that show off the size of the tomb, the light, and its entrance.
Here are some screenshots of various objects from Tomb 118. They are a mix of Catherine and Ve’Amber’s work in Cinema 4D. These are just a few highlights of over 70 objects we made 3D models of over the summer in 2014. All of these objects are based off of the cards Alfonso Caso and his team made while excavating at Monte Albán. The cards were really helpful and rich in detail, so for many of these we have the color, measurements, and descriptions of each. A lot of these were really fun to make or interesting items to have found in the tomb, especially the billy club (the 5th picture in the line up).