The partially excavated civic-ceremonial center of the Monte Albán site is situated atop an artificially-leveled ridge, which with an elevation of about 1,940 m (6,400 ft) above mean sea level rises some 400 m (1,300 ft) from the valley floor, in an easily defensible location. In addition to the aforementioned monumental core, the site is characterized by several hundred artificial terraces, and a dozen clusters of mounded architecture covering the entire ridgeline and surrounding flanks (Blanton 1978). The archaeological ruins on the nearby Atzompa and El Gallo hills to the north are traditionally considered to be an integral part of the ancient city as well.
Besides being one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, Monte Albán's importance stems also from its role as the pre-eminent Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years. Founded toward the end of the Middle Formative period at around 500 BC..."
Some families in Mexico support themselves by selling different items: fruit, snocones, newspapers, balloons, toys, purses, clothing, snacks, drinks, etc. Usually this is done along a busy city street where they will have a chance to attract many customers.
This multi-generational family is selling woven products in Oaxaca City.
They do much of their production work onsite both to interest passersby and to redeem the time. They are usually at their post of duty from sunup to sundown.