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Xihuacan Museum and archaeological site

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Just 2.5 miles (4km) off the Zihuatanejo-Acapulco highway, on Guerrero’s Costa Grande, is the Museo de Sitio de la Zona Arqueológica de Soledad Maciel or Museo de Sitio Xihuacan (Xihuacan Museum and Archaeological Site).

By taking a guided tour, you can find out how this ancient city became the most important ceremonial center of the Costa Grande in Guerrero and Sierra Madre del Sur.

The museum's collection includes more than 800 archaeological artifacts, which were recovered during excavation work on the Zona Arqueológica Soledad de Maciel.

One of the highlights among the objects to be found there, is a stone engraved with a glyph of the name of the site, Xihuacan. This artifact was found during excavations around the Juego de Pelota area. Other prehispanic pieces discovered include figurines, obsidian vases, objects made from shells, copper axes, bell necklaces, and ceramics.

Xihuacan is the Nahuatl name for this geographical area from the preHispanic era, and means “place of those who possess turquoise”.

According to experts, the first inhabitants were agricultural groups who managed to establish a stratified society over time. The people who settled there were of Olmec influence, which can be seen through their clay and ceramic figurines.

It was during the Classic period however that Teotihuacán culture came into power, leading to the construction of the great ceremonial center of Xihuacan. This subsequently became a site where agricultural and religious rites were held.

Once you have finished touring the area, explore the remains of Xihuacan and enjoy lunch right by a beautiful lagoon.
Just 2.5 miles (4km) off the Zihuatanejo-Acapulco highway, on Guerrero’s Costa Grande, is the Museo de Sitio de la Zona Arqueológica de Soledad Maciel or Museo de Sitio Xihuacan (Xihuacan Museum and Archaeological Site).

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By taking a guided tour, you can find out how this ancient city became the most important ceremonial center of the Costa Grande in Guerrero and Sierra Madre del Sur.

The museum's collection includes more than 800 archaeological artifacts, which were recovered during excavation work on the Zona Arqueológica Soledad de Maciel.

One of the highlights among the objects to be found there, is a stone engraved with a glyph of the name of the site, Xihuacan. This artifact was found during excavations around the Juego de Pelota area. Other prehispanic pieces discovered include figurines, obsidian vases, objects made from shells, copper axes, bell necklaces, and ceramics.

Xihuacan is the Nahuatl name for this geographical area from the preHispanic era, and means “place of those who possess turquoise”.

According to experts, the first inhabitants were agricultural groups who managed to establish a stratified society over time. The people who settled there were of Olmec influence, which can be seen through their clay and ceramic figurines.

It was during the Classic period however that Teotihuacán culture came into power, leading to the construction of the great ceremonial center of Xihuacan. This subsequently became a site where agricultural and religious rites were held.

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