The structures at this archaeological site, located 28 miles southeast of Oaxaca, are belived to have been originally built by the Zapotec population and completed by the Mixtecs. The name Mitla comes from the Aztec word meaning 'The place of Dead'. The ruins in the area, Unlike other ancient pre-Hispanic structures, the walls at Mitla are made of inicid stone mosaic that are completely abstract and do not resemble humans, animals or mythological events, Adding to the site's uniqueness is the fact that Mitla continued to be inhabited even often the Spanish conquest.