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What's the most exciting thing you've ever excavated? The palace in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The palace in Oaxaca, Mexico.
   
Chuck Said
The palace that we just excavated in Oaxaca was really exciting. The palace was the royal home for a king and his family, and it also had a court and an area that was used for ceremonies.

The palace supports the idea that the site was the capital of an ancient society. It was so large that the king and his family couldn't have built it themselves. He would have needed large work groups to construct it. Only a king could organize the kind of labor needed to build a palace. So this is one kind of evidence that a state society existed in Oaxaca as early as B.C. 300. It's also important because it is the earliest palace so far discovered in the wide area called Mesoamerica, which includes Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize.