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    INAH-Mediateca/Teresa Galindo
  • INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Cantona
    INAH-Zona Arqueológica de Cantona
Museo de Sitio de Cantona
A new museum displaying one of the most ancient urban settlements: the most extensive and populous in Mesoamerica and a great exporter of obsidian. It has numerous intricate streets, plazas and walls, many ballcourts and a religion which extolled self-sacrifice.

Archeological site
About the museum
At the Cantona Site Museum we can see the results of more than 20 years of archeological work, which has resulted in theories about everyday life and the world view of the society which built and lived in this city.

The selection of finds from many seasons of excavation includes: the bones of animals eaten as food, and in some cases given as offerings, architectural features adorning some of the city’s buildings, and various implements used in daily life and rituals such as projectile tips and knives. Other items include grinding stones, great pots for grain and water storage, smaller pots and patojos (foot shaped receptacles) with signs of use in the preparation of food as well as tools used for preparing ixtle fiber. Visitors can also see musical instruments, green stone and shell ornaments and human remains found in burials.

A space was set aside for a site museum when the archeological site opened to the public in 1994, but there were no finds yet to display. The existence of a collection of objects taken from the Cantona site and kept in the town of Tepeyahualco was known about. It was in the keeping of the family of Juventino Limón, who many years previous to the arrival of INAH had carried out his own excavations of the site. The result was a “collection” which he displayed in the living room of his house, despite the fact it had never been properly inventoried by INAH. The archeological project decided not to ask for this collection and to leave the building of the museum until later on.

Each year since the opening of the site, the archeological project with its team of specialists directed by Ángel García Cook has continued to work seasons on site and over time it has rescued an immense number of pieces made from different materials, including ceramics, stone, obsidian and the remains of bone.

As a result the need for a museum at the archeological site was discussed again in 2002, and at the same time it was determined that Cantona required the basic infrastructure to run the site properly, such as a road, electrical power, water, site security, a discrete area for the services unit and a materials store. The ultimate objective was to build a site museum.

The architectural plan consists of two single-story buildings separated by a corridor, one for the exhibition galleries and the other for the administrative offices.
October 2012
Practical information
Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Included in the entrance to the Archeological Site

  • Sundays free for Mexican citizens
  • Free entrance for Mexicans under 13 years old
  • Free entrance for Mexican students and teachers
  • Free entry for seniors
  • pensioners and retirees with ID
  • No Smoking
  • No entry with food
Zona arqueológica de Cantona, Carretera Tepeyahualco-Xonacatlán km 7.5,
C.P. 73990, Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México.

Coming from the city of Puebla or from Xalapa, take the 140D Amozoc-Perote road and, at the Cantona toll, join a secondary road for 4 km to reach the archeological site (it is approximately 90 km or one hour 15 minutes from both cities).

  • Accesibilidad
  • Cafetería
  • Estacionamiento
  • Guardarropa
  • Tienda
  • Visitas guiadas
  • +52 (276) 111 6758
Administración del Museo de Sitio
David R. Cuevas Pastrana
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045 276 111 67 58
Servicios Educativos
Clemente Gómez Fernández
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045 222 192 9350
María Libia Miñón Crespo y Angélica Miñón de Cristóbal
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Exhibition gallery in the site museum
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Side view of the site museum
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Entrance to the site museum
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Display case in one of the museum galleries
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