Cantona
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Cantona

Probably the name means "House of the Sun". It was one of the cities with the highest degree of urbanization in ancient times, probably founded by Olmec-xicalanca groups towards the end of the Late Pre-classic period (250 AD). Their peak’s time corresponds to the Mesoamerican Epiclassic period (600 - 1000 AD), when Teotihuacan was no longer the main center of power in the region. Cantona controlled the resources of the Sierra Madre Oriental.

There has been some archaeological research and rescue work at the site, probably we can see just about 10 percent, perhaps less.

The surface of the pre-Hispanic settlement occupies about 12 square kilometers, divided into three units, of which the largest is the South, 5 km². In Cantona it has been discovered twenty ball game courts, more than any other Mesoamerican city and many small pyramids. It has an acropolis, raised from the rest of the city where the main buildings were built. There lived the ruling elite and the priests, and the temples of the most important deities were there. It is believed to have been populated by Toltecs, who were mainly engaged in agriculture and trade, especially obsidian, which they obtained from the mountains surrounding the city. After invasions chichimecas in the XI century, Cantona was abandoned.