The Zapotec civilization rose to power about 2500 years ago in Mesoamerica. Much of what historians and archaeologists know about the Zapotec culture is from the study of the wealth of artifacts and archaeological sites the Zapotec left behind. Review the artifacts in this Media Gallery. Pay close attention to what these artifacts and archaeological sites suggest about Zapotec culture. Be sure to also read the essay and complete the activities in the worksheet that you will find in the Support Materials.