Xochicalco and the digitization go history

Xochicalco is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a fortified political, religious and commercial center from the troubled period of 650–900 that followed the break-up of the great Mesoamerican states such as Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Palenque and Tikal.

Located at the center of Morelos state in Mexico, it´s one of the most beautiful and places in the world that provides a little proof of the Prehispanic constructions and great views around the hill where Xochicalco is located. Since August 2017, Xochicalco wants to be heard! Through a system based on QR codes, all the people that visit this archaeological site can hear the history and some facts about the pieces within the Museum and all over the roads and points of interest at the pyramids and temples.

A front view of Xofhicalco from afar.
Image: PROSteve Brown on Flickr

The added value is that you don´t have to read all the information in one place, just go walking and exploring while you listen and enjoy. Now the significance of the feathered serpents at the pyramid (one of the motives why Xochicalco was included at the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1999) can be explained while you visit them. The audio contains info about the Animal´s Ramp, the Prehispanic Observatory, the Plaza of the Two Glyphs Stele, Ball Courts and at the Museum the Altar Waves, the Solar Marker, the Lord of the Serpents, the Fleshless Jaguars, and the Half Moon sculpture, among others.

Tourists standing atop the steps at the ruins.
Image: Gerardo Curiel on Flickr

60 audios are divided between the site and the museum, 30 in each one, including comments of the specialists and researchers of the National Institute of Anthropology and History that had worked in this place.  Next time you visit Xochicalco please don’t forget to enjoy the audios about this fantastic archaeological site! And oh yes! You can hear the clips in Spanish as well as in English.

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