About CJAP

The Cerro Jazmin Archaeological Project (or CJAP hereon) investigates ancient urbanism and its environmental impact by integrating archaeological and geomorphological methods. The project focuses on Cerro Jazmin, a Prehispanic city in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, Mexico. One of the main goals of our work is to expand our understanding of different forms of ancient urbanism, especially those that showed resilience or at least, longevity. We are interested in learning about how Prehispanic urban centers functioned, how they integrated agricultural and residential terraces in their layout, and how urban activity impacted the quality of life of ancient urbanites and the surrounding environment. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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