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Las Flores
(The Flowers) Gets its name from the district where it is located.
This ancient Huasteca city (1000 – 1250 AD) is situated in the urban area of Tampico, whose growth has destroyed most of the site. However, there still remains the remarkable Pyramid of the Flowers, the study of which has thrown light on this culture.
About the site
More than 20 buildings made up this Huastec site on top of raised land to the eastern side of Lake El Chairel. Topographical surveys were carried out in the 1920s by a few people interested in the region’s archeology. Thanks to these, we know that the buildings of Las Flores surrounded a plaza, a space used for the community’s civic, religious and administrative activities, with more buildings heading westwards towards Lake El Chairel. With the passing of time and as the city of Tampico grew, only one ancient temple was left standing, known as Mound A.

Las Flores is a very important site in the Huastec region, embracing the complex of lakes formed between the rivers Pánuco and Tamesí. Its strategic location high on a hill enabled it to dominate other local settlements, which points to the conclusion that it exercised political and religious control. On the other hand Las Flores shows traces of the coexistence of two groups, one clearly related to Huastec culture, as can be seen from archeological finds associated with the goddess Teem, while the other culture displays a foreign style.
1000 - 1250

Posclásico Temprano

Did you know...
  • Items of singular beauty were found during archeological excavations, such as the goddess Teem, or a fertility goddess, which is currently on display in the Regional Museum of Potosi.
  • Mound A presents an innovative form of waterproofing, with its stucco made of lime and shells.
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Se localiza en la colonia Las Flores, en la ciudad de Tampico, Tamaulipas.

At Chairel Avenue no. 36, between the streets of Azahar and Clavel, Colonia Las Flores, Tampico, Tamaulipas.

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Departamento de Arqueología del Centro INAH Tamaulipas
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Las Flores
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Golfo
Esta antigua ciudad huasteca (1000-1250) se encuentra dentro de la zona urbana de la actual Tampico, cuyo crecimiento trajo consigo la destrucción de la mayoría del sitio. Sin embargo, queda la notable Pirámide de las Flores, cuyo estudio ha arrojado luces sobre esta cultura.
This ancient Huasteca city (1000 – 1250 AD) is situated in the urban area of Tampico, whose growth has destroyed most of the site. However, there still remains the remarkable Pyramid of the Flowers, the study of which has thrown light on this culture.
Recibe este nombre por la colonia en la que actualmente se ubica.
(The Flowers) Gets its name from the district where it is located.

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