Late Classic to Epiclassic, Olmec
and Xicalanca cultures
State of Tlaxcala, near the town of San Miguel del Milagro
Architecture to Visit:
Red Temple, Temple of the Painted Scorpion, Temple of Venus. Also known for its Battle Mural, 22 meters long and one of the longest wall paintings in Mesoamerica.
The Cacaxtla Site Museum, which has galleries with artifacts from several seasons at Cacaxtla, is located in San Miguel del Milagro. A bookshop is located on site.
The INAH website has tons of information about the site, how to get there, and what you want to know before going.
Excavators and Excavations:
Angel Garcia Cook, Luis Reyes García, Pedro Armillas
Why You Should Go:
The name Cacaxtla means "carrying case", more or less, in the Aztec language of Nahuatl. The site was the location of a city supporting as many as 10,000 people, and is considered one of the first cities of the Olmec civilization.