William Henry Holmes – Monte Alban (Oaxaca), Mexico, 1895

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Did you know that the extensive ruins of Monte Alban can be seen from anywhere in the central Oaxaca Valley? The ruins, which reach over a thousand feet high, were part of one of the earliest Mesopotamian cities.

Get a view for yourself with the incredible sketches completed by artist, anthropologist, and archaeologist William Henry Holmes. Holmes—who spent decades working for various branches of the Smithsonian--sketched these ruins in his 1895 field notes, while he was a curator at the Field Museum in Chicago.

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